United Airlines has announced it is adding Curaçao to its Caribbean route network (becoming the 21st island destination in the Caribbean) from Newark Liberty International Airport. Flights will operate on Saturdays beginning December 7, 2019, with Boeing 737-700 aircraft (subject to government approval).
The nonstop flights, which mark the first time that United flies to the island in nearly a decade, will depart every Saturday from Newark at 8:33 a.m. and arrive at Curaçao Hato International Airport at 2:30 p.m. The return flight will depart Hato Airport at 3:30 p.m., landing at Newark at 7:35 p.m. Ticket to Curaçao are currently available, with rates starting at $317 round-trip.
“The Northeast has always been a strong market for Curaçao, and while we’ve enjoyed non-stop airlift out of [John F. Kennedy International Airport] for a few years now, this new flight provides a second Saturday option and also an additional connection for travelers routing through Newark on their way to and from Curaçao,” said Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board, in a written release. “Curaçao has experienced double-digit growth for several consecutive months now, and with the onset of two large-scale hotel projects with strong U.S. appeal, demand from the northeast continues to grow.”
Additional North American airlift available to Curaçao this winter includes American Airlines, JetBlue, Air Canada and WestJet. American Airlines will fly non-stop from Miami to Curaçao twice per day and weekly out of Charlotte on Saturdays, while JetBlue will fly non-stop from New York JFK on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Air Canada will operate four times per week from Toronto and two times per week from Montreal, while WestJet will continue to operate once per week from Toronto.