Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority to become independent

Curacao airportWILLEMSTAD - The Ordinance Curaçao Civil Aviation and Space Authority (CBRA) was sent to Parliament for approval. The law contains the independence of the aviation department and the various forms of supervision of civil aviation. The organization will also look after the interests of the island with regard to space travel.

The latter change is necessary in connection with international developments and private initiatives to carry out space activities from Curaçao in the near future. The new department will therefore continue under the name Curaçao Civil Aviation and Space Authority.

The authority is currently a department within the government. Funding is therefore also dependent on the financial position of the national government. This has the result that the service in terms of personnel is bound to the structures used for administrative organizations. The salaries are not competitive. The organization generally does not have sufficient budget to attract suitably qualified staff and to train them. The explanatory memorandum indicates that the privatization is needed to solve the problems that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found in the areas of personnel, organization and finance. The ministerial responsibility for safety will not be broken by this new development.

The introduction of the new legislation is a prerequisite for the recovery of the Category 1 status of the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA). The FAA downgraded the Curaçao aviation sector to category 2 in 2011, because the CCAA was insufficiently capable of monitoring airline operations. The decision of the US aviation authority is based on the international (safety) requirements, which are insufficiently incorporated in the laws and regulations of Curaçao, by the standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As a result, it is not possible for a Curaçao airline to launch new flights to the United States.

The department’s budget goes from 4 to almost 9 million guilders and the number of employees triples from 13 now to 39 soon if approved by parliament.

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