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Insel Air expands flight operations to Guyana

December 20, 2014
Insel Air expands flight operations to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The flagship air carrier of Curacao, Insel Air has expanded its flights to and from Guyana. This was formally conveyed to President Donald Ramotar when he met with senior company officials including director of international affairs, Edward Heerenveen on Thursday.

Media reports of chikungunya in Curacao cause alarm in Holland

December 19, 2014
Media reports of chikungunya in Curacao cause alarm in Holland WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- News of the outbreak of chikungunya virus in Curacao has now reached the Dutch media. De Telegraaf reported earlier this week about the “killer mosquito” and Dutch TV news broadcasts drew attention to the problem. Outside the Netherlands, the press also picked up the news.

InselAir adds Trinidad to route network

December 17, 2014
InselAir adds Trinidad to route network WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Monday, Curacao airline InselAir relaunched Trinidad as its 20th destination with an festive early breakfast at Curacao International Airport followed by the inaugural flight to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain. The flight was operated with a Fokker 70.

Premiers of former Netherlands Antilles boycott Kingdom Day event in Holland

December 12, 2014
Premiers of former Netherlands Antilles boycott Kingdom Day event in Holland WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The prime ministers of Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten are boycotting the celebration of Kingdom Day in Holland. They have refused to travel to Amsterdam to attend the traditional Kingdom Concert in the presence of King Willem Alexander. According to a reliable source in The Hague...

Curacao airport employees on strike - chaos at the airport

December 5, 2014
Curacao airport employees on strike - chaos at the airport WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- There were long lines and large crowds on Thursday morning at Hato Airport in Curacao, following a strike held by the staff of Curacao Airport Partners (CAP). Doors were locked so no one could go inside or to the aircraft. Checked luggage remained on the conveyors.

Dutch MPs at odds over Caribbean territories

December 3, 2014
Dutch MPs at odds over Caribbean territories WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch ruling party PvdA is opposed to a proposal of its coalition partner VVD to enter into a new form of relationship with the former Netherlands Antilles. The VVD prepared, together with another party, the SP, an initiative note that was discussed on Monday in the Dutch parliament.

JetBlue adds Curacao to America's largest Caribbean network

December 3, 2014
JetBlue adds Curacao to America's largest Caribbean network NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways has launched twice-weekly flights to its latest Caribbean destination, Curacao. The airline now offers up to 121 daily flights from the US to the Caribbean, of which up to 56 daily flights are nonstop from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and...

New structure for former Netherlands Antilles under discussion

December 2, 2014
New structure for former Netherlands Antilles under discussion WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Lower House in the Dutch Parliament started discussions on Monday on a possible new structure for Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba, with the parties involved indicating that the former Netherlands Antilles islands have to choose whether to tackle their problems of...

House search of casino boss in St Maarten linked to former Curacao PM

December 2, 2014
House search of casino boss in St Maarten linked to former Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The house of casino boss Francesco Corallo was searched by the local authorities in St Maarten at the request of the Italian public prosecutor. Corallo is also known as the financier of former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte. The Criminal Investigation Team also conducted...

More than 8,000 cases of chikungunya reported in Curacao

November 24, 2014
More than 8,000 cases of chikungunya reported in Curacao The chikungunya epidemic in Curacao is still not at its peak, according to the Public Health Department (GGD). The first patient in Curacao was reported in August. Now, in late November, there are more than 8,000 cases of chikungunya on the island. And if that is not enough, there are about 1,000 more...

Curacao hotel seized by tax collector and social insurance bank

November 15, 2014
Curacao hotel seized by tax collector and social insurance bank WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The director of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB), Phillip Martis has confirmed that Curacao’s Plaza Hotel and Casino, located in the heart of downtown Punda, has been seized by the tax collector and the SVB for outstanding debts.  Chairman of the trade union Horecaf...

Curacao PM denies failure of oil and gas exploration

November 14, 2014
Curacao PM denies failure of oil and gas exploration WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- During a recent parliamentary meeting on the future of the oil refinery in Curacao, Prime Minister Ivar Asjes refuted allegations made by the leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte, that the issue of offshore oil and gas has completely failed.

InselAir starts two weekly flights from Aruba to Manaus, Brazil

November 13, 2014
InselAir starts two weekly flights from Aruba to Manaus, Brazil ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- InselAir will start operating two weekly flights from Aruba to Manaus, in northern Brazil, as of January 14, 2015. Manaus will be InselAir’s 20th destination and tickets can be purchased at any InselAir ticket office and via local and online travel agents. Passengers from other...

Former Netherlands Antilles prime ministers express joint concern over Dutch attitude

November 10, 2014
Former Netherlands Antilles prime ministers express joint concern over Dutch attitude WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Six former prime ministers of the Netherlands Antilles have written a joint letter to the Dutch government to express concern over the attitude of the Netherlands within the Kingdom Council of Ministers. The former heads of Antillean governments are worried about the way...

Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications

November 7, 2014
Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications LONDON, England -- Cable and Wireless Communications PLC (CWC) has reached a conditional agreement to acquire Columbus International Inc., a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Columbus provides digital cable television, broadband Internet...

Curacao dock workers refuse to repair Nigerian ship because of Ebola fears

November 4, 2014
Curacao dock workers refuse to repair Nigerian ship because of Ebola fears WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Workers at the Curacao Dry Dock Company (CDM) have refused to repair a ship from Nigeria called the Prince of Seas, which was sent to the Caracas Baai area to dock. The workers are afraid that someone on that ship may have the Ebola virus. Ebola is a rare and deadly disease...

Police officers in Curacao too overweight, says justice minister

November 3, 2014
Police officers in Curacao too overweight, says justice minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “Police officers are too overweight,” according to the Curacao minister of justice, Nelson Navarro. Obesity has penetrated the police force, indicating a reflection of society, he added. Navarro gave overweight cops three months to get back near their ideal weight.

Curacao wants greater separation from Netherlands

October 23, 2014
Curacao wants greater separation from Netherlands WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao wants to get rid of the Netherlands-appointed governor, who must in turn approve ministerial appointments by law. A parliamentary motion has been filed to this effect and, with this, the way will be open to appoint ministers to posts without being screened for integrity.

Shipments of Russian oil to Curacao may break economic sanctions

October 21, 2014
Shipments of Russian oil to Curacao may break economic sanctions WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It was recently reported that the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has purchased two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina, which is to be delivered to the Isla oil refinery in Curacao in early November. However, the environmental organization SMOC...

Venezuela buys two Russian crude cargoes for Curacao refinery

October 20, 2014
Venezuela buys two Russian crude cargoes for Curacao refinery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA has bought two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina to be delivered starting in early November to the Isla refinery in Curacao, according to credible sources. The 1-million-barrel cargoes will be the second...

Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname

October 16, 2014
Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “The current aviation agreement between the Netherlands and Suriname is separate from the aviation relationship between Aruba and Suriname, and therefore contains no impediment for InselAir to fly between Aruba and Suriname directly,” the Dutch minister of foreign affairs...

Venezuela's PDVSA to import crude from Russia for test run through Curacao refinery

October 15, 2014
Venezuela's PDVSA to import crude from Russia for test run through Curacao refinery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA plans to import from Russia between 750,000 and 1 million barrels of Urals grade crude to be processed in the 335,000 b/d Isla refinery in Curacao, a PDVSA source, who asked not to be identified, said on Monday to platts.com.

Curacao ranks number one in the world for cruise passenger growth in 2013

October 9, 2014
Curacao ranks number one in the world for cruise passenger growth in 2013 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The cruise port of Curacao has been ranked number one in the world by passenger growth for 2013 in the autumn issue of Cruise Insight magazine’s “World’s top 50 cruise ports of call ranked by passenger growth.” Curacao’s remarkable growth of 41 percent also...

Almost 340 tonnes of drugs intercepted by US Forward Operation Location in Curacao

October 7, 2014
Almost 340 tonnes of drugs intercepted by US Forward Operation Location in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Forward Operation Location (FOL), which is the US Air Force located in Curacao, has intercepted a total of 339,707 kilograms or close to 340 metric tons of drugs between the period of October 2012 until the end of September 2013. This is evident from an evaluation...

Tech experts talk regional cyber security at CaribNOG in Curacao

October 2, 2014
Tech experts talk regional cyber security at CaribNOG in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cyber security was top of the agenda as over 80 technology professionals from 15 countries gathered in Curacao for the second day of a major regional technology conference. The meeting is the eighth regional gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).

Tech heavyweights network for Caribbean development

October 1, 2014
Tech heavyweights network for Caribbean development WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Caribbean people have an appetite for technology that rivals any other region of the world. But who is working behind the scenes to maintain and upgrade the Internet-based services on which we’ve come to depend? On Monday, the answer to that question was to be found in Curacao.

Pilot warned bosses of overloaded planes days before fatal Caribbean crash

September 27, 2014
Pilot warned bosses of overloaded planes days before fatal Caribbean crash BIRMINGHAM, England -- Just days before he died in a crash landing in the Caribbean Sea, a young British pilot had voiced concerns about flying overloaded planes. Captain Robert Mansell, 32, skillfully ditched his twin-engine aircraft in the water off Curacao after sending out a mayday message.

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