Published On: Mon, Jun 11th, 2018

Curaçao wants American Category 1 status back

Curacao airportWILLEMSTAD - Curaçao wants to return to the coveted category 1 status of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The government is making money and extra staff available to regain the status in 2019.

The Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) currently employs 19 people, but the authority needs a total of 29 people. Furthermore, the laws and regulations must be updated for the different categories, the documentation must be in order and the civil aviation authority must be sustainably set up and maintained.

CCAA director Hans de Jong hopes to have the laws and regulations ready in December this year to meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The CCAA needs the financial means and the tools to meet the requirements, according to De Jong.

The American aviation authority FAA ruled in early 2012 that Curaçao does not meet all international requirements in the area of aviation safety. The country was therefore relegated from safety category 1 to 2. As a result, Curaçao airlines cannot operate flights to the US with their own aircraft.

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