Published On: Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

CAP: “Curaçao lost a great opportunity”

Private jetsWILLEMSTAD – The CEO of the Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), Ralph Blanchard wrote a stern letter to the Minister of Economic Development, Stanley Palm to indicate how Curaçao has lost a great opportunity due to the bureaucracy of the government. “Curaçao has lost the opportunity to inaugurate its new General Aviation Center (GAC), which is currently being renovated, due to the necessary construction permit,” Blanchard stated in his letter. The building belongs to the government, which makes it an even more serious situation.

“CAP was prepared to receive 35 private jets during the North Sea Jazz Festival weekend,” Blanchard said. These jets brought artists and visitors to the island for the jazz festival. CAP’s intention was to have the facility ready before this event. This would have enabled the airport operators to give a VIP service to these travelers.

“If we had succeeded in opening this new facility, it would have been a tremendous news for the aviation world, especially for the executive jet owners,” the CEO said in his letter.

The opening of the GAC would have been perfect seeing all those jets parked at the airport, especially for the fact that CAP is investing 1.2 million guilders in the new facility.

According to CAP, they have been waiting for three months now on a construction permit. “Even as I am sending you this letter to notify you of this problem, we still don’t have the permit yet.”

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