Curaçao International Airport (CUR) has released passenger traffic figures for the first six months of 2023. The numbers show that passenger traffic has continued to grow, with a 17% increase compared to the same period in 2022.
In total, 770,000 passengers passed through CUR during the first six months of 2023. This includes both arriving and departing passengers. The majority of passengers were from the United States, followed by the Netherlands and Brazil.
The growth in passenger traffic is being attributed to a number of factors, including the island’s strong tourism industry and the increasing number of direct flights to Curaçao. The airport is also undergoing a major expansion, which is expected to further boost passenger numbers in the coming years.
International Passenger Traffic
The growth in passenger traffic was particularly strong in the international market. In the first six months of 2023, there were 304,500 international departing passengers from CUR, a 16% increase compared to the same period in 2022. The top five international destinations for passengers departing from CUR were:
- United States
Dutch Caribbean Passenger Traffic
There was also strong growth in passenger traffic from the Dutch Caribbean. In the first six months of 2023, there were 64,847 Dutch Caribbean departing passengers from CUR, a 38% increase compared to the same period in 2022. The top five Dutch Caribbean destinations for passengers departing from CUR were:
- Sint Maarten
- St. Eustatius
Average Load Factor
The average load factor for CUR in the first six months of 2023 was 84%. This means that on average, 84% of the seats on flights departing from CUR were filled. The average load factor for the same period in 2022 was 81%.
The outlook for passenger traffic at CUR is positive. The airport is undergoing a major expansion, which is expected to further boost passenger numbers in the coming years. The expansion includes the construction of a new terminal, a new runway, and a new cargo facility.
The expansion is being funded by a consortium of investors, including the Dutch government, the Curaçao government, and the Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP). The expansion is expected to be completed in 2025.
With the expansion of CUR, the airport is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for air travel to Curaçao. The island is a popular tourist destination, and the airport is the gateway to the island. The expansion will make it easier for tourists to reach Curaçao, and it will also make it easier for businesses to operate on the island.