Published On: Tue, Nov 25th, 2014

Curacao’s aviation on schedule to Category 1

Curacao airportWILLEMSTAD - According to Minister Earl Balborda of Traffic, Transport and Regional Planning (PNP) Curaçao is on track to get its category 1 status again in the field of civil aviation. It is expected that the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) will be finished in the fourth quarter of 2015 to have Curaçao tested again by the US aviation authority Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

To be able to recover category 1 status, it is necessary that the aviation legislation is adjusted. Furthermore, there must be sufficient personnel and the financial structure must be in order.

The Minister noted that the staff is basically in order, but that in terms of financial structure, there is still much work to be done.

Curaçao was downgraded to a Category 2 country at the end of 2011 by the FAA, meaning that airlines registered in Curaçao cannot increase their flights to the United States, because there was no adequate regulation and effective supervision of the CCAA. There was also no good system for testing and certification.

Balborda indicates that the Netherlands contributed with 50,000 euros to purchase a system from Costa Rica.

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