Curaçao Hato International Airport to undergo $35m expansion

13 January 2016 (Last Updated January 13th, 2016 18:30)

The $35m Curacao Hato International Airport terminal expansion project to be undertaken by Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) has been approved by its Board of Directors.

The $35m Curacao Hato International Airport terminal expansion project to be undertaken by Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) has been approved by its Board of Directors.

The airport expansion project in Willemstad is approximately two years ahead of schedule.

The project is expected to begin in January 2016 and end in April 2018. It is a joint collaboration of CAP and the governmental company, Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH).

"The expansion will increase the capacity of the airport to 2.5 million passengers annually."

CAP CEO Ralph Blanchard said: "The two and one half year construction programme will stimulate the economy of Curaçao, and upon completion will provide the operational and business platform that will make Curaçao one of the most aesthetic, competitive, and cost-effective airports in the Caribbean."

The expansion project will be executed in two phases - the first phase will require an investment of $25m and the remaining $10m will be spent during the second phase.

The expansion will increase the capacity of the airport to 2.5 million passengers annually.

The expansion will include the extension of western terminal, construction of new arrivals hall, a new gate at the departure hall.

Besides, the size of terminal's passenger hold-room will be increased; a new jet bridge will be built and will feature space for new retail outlets.

Ralph added: "CAP is very pleased to actively promote the continued development of aviation in Curaçao, and to make the proposed investment, because we foresee a continued growth in passenger traffic, and we are confident in the future of Curaçao as a tourism destination and regional economic centre".

The terminal expansion project has been designed and engineered by the international airport architectural firm of Corgan Associates from Dallas, Texas.

The Curaçao Airport expansion project has been planned in compliance with the recommended standards and guidelines established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).