After extensive renovations to the island's international airport, Curacao is now a more popular destination with international air carriers. The airport itself is just moments away from Willemstad, a bonus for tourists traveling to this city who perhaps don't want to have to drive a great distance before they can check into their accommodations and get their vacation started.
Curacao's airport is the(CUR) is located in Plaza Margareth Abraham which is about 20 minutes from the center of the city. The runway is over 11,000 feet long and can accommodate five jumbo jets at one time with additional parking for 12 small aircrafts. Inside the airport travelers have access to automatic baggage claim, a VIP lounge, a shopping mall, and a food court.
One thing travelers will want to be aware is is the new passenger facility fee and landing fee that tourists will have to pay to visit the island by plane. Each passenger pays $6, while those traveling to Bonaire will also have to pay $10, those traveling to Aruba and Sint Maarten pay an additional $20, and those traveling anywhere else will pay $39(USD). These costs are typically added to the cost of your plane ticket, but it is best to be prepared to pay in the event that it is not.
Most people who travel to Curacao regularly know about the direct flight withfrom Miami, Florida. Fewer are aware that there is also a flight out of North Carolina with . Both of these airports are busy international airports, so planning a connecting fight should not be too much of a hassle.
If you live in the states this table may be of help. Online booking engines don't necessarily display the least costly options so it's useful to know which airlines actually provide direct service to this airport.
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines, InselAir|
flies regularly out of the airport in Toronto and lands on Curacao. If the flight times don't work for you, connections through the United States and elsewhere in the Caribbean are possible.
This list indicates airlines that have direct service from airports in Canada.
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
Sint Maarten and before transferring to a smaller aircraft and continuing on to their vacation in Willemstad.and handle the flights that travel from elsewhere in the Caribbean to Curacao. This allows even more visitors from around the world to travel here, by first landing at the larger airports in such places as
Check the chart below for a complete list of air service from other airports in the region. If there aren't any flights from a local airport, connecting through another Caribbean airport may be a great option.
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||InselAir|
|Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago||POS||LIAT|
In some cases it makes more sense to hire a charter for your flight to Curacao. You could be hoping to treat yourself to a private ride as part of your getaway, or you're traveling with a large party and looking to save money.
The following chart indicates how to get a hold of a regional air charter service.
|(297) 582-7215||Palu Di Boonchistraat 14 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 587-9197||Mkco 17 F - Gatu|
While flying to Curacao has not always been easy, the recent renovation of Hato International has helped to improve services to the island, which means a vacation in Willemstad is now easier than ever.
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