Flying to Willemstad

Flying to Willemstad has never been so easy

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.

Hato International 

Curacao's airport is the Hato International Airport (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.  

Flying to Willemstad from the US

Most people who travel to Curacao regularly know about the direct flight with American Airlines from Miami, Florida.  Fewer are aware that there is also a flight out of North Carolina with InselAir.  Both of these airports are busy international airports, so planning a connecting fight should not be too much of a hassle. 

If you're traveling from the states the following table may come in handy. Not all of the flights you will see listed on some booking engines make a lot of sense so it's useful to see which airlines actually offer direct service to this location.

Hato International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, InselAir

Flying to Willemstad from Canada

Air Canada 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.  

The following list shows airlines that schedule direct flights from Canadian cities.

Hato International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada

Flying to Willemstad from the Caribbean

Air Canada and LIAT 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 Sint Maarten and Jamaica before transferring to a smaller aircraft and continuing on to their vacation in Willemstad.  

Check the chart below for scheduled air service from airports in the region. If there are no flights from an airport near your home, connecting through another regional airport could be a fine option.

Hato International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Bonaire BON InselAir
Dominican Republic SDQ InselAir
Kingston, Jamaica KIN InselAir
Oranjestad, Aruba AUA InselAir
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM InselAir
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS LIAT

Air Charters

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 contact one of the regional air charter services.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location
Land Sea Air Transport (297) 582-7215 Palu Di Boonchistraat 14 - Oranjestad
Pro Air Charter Aruba (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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