Flight from Eindhoven to Curaçao and Aruba not possible
EINDHOVEN, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch aviation company Arkefly cannot operate flights from the Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands to Curaçao and Aruba. At Eindhoven Airport, it is not possible to check all passengers on drug smuggling.
The Dutch Minister of Justice, Van der Steur wrote to parliament that flights with an increased risk for drug smugglers are only being allowed to land at an airport where a hundred percent inspection is possible. Only Schiphol now meets that requirement.
Arkefly wanted to start this November with flights to Curaçao and Aruba from Eindhoven. Now that it is not possible to check all passengers and their luggage at the Eindhoven airport, the company has, in consultation with the government, decided to operate the scheduled flights from the main airport of the Netherlands, Schiphol.
Arkefly says that it is very regrettable. “Of course, we find the inconvenience that this decision brings to our customers very annoying, especially for travelers who have already made a booking with departure from Eindhoven Airport. We will contact the respective customers as soon as possible.”
Van der Steur says that the measure is temporary, but he is working on an amendment to the Aviation Act, so that risk flights in the future can only be allowed to land at airports with sufficient inspection capabilities.
The one hundred percent inspection began in 2003 and covered flights from Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Suriname and Venezuela.