MOU signed by Dutch Caribbean Islands and The Netherlands

November 7, 2022

Memorandum of Understanding signed between Dutch Caribbean islands, and The Netherlands. 

Parties share a vision on improving interisland connectivity by making it more affordable, efficient, and sustainable.

ORANJESTAD – This morning at the Hyatt Regency Resort Spa & Casino Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean Cooperation of Airports’ 1st International Sustainable Air Transportation event – A Flight to the Future – was opened. In-person and virtual participants to the event were welcomed by the Minister of Transport, Integrity, Nature and Senior Affairs Ursell Arends, followed by Mrs. Brigit Gijsbers, Director General Aviation and Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands and by the Chairman of DCCA, Mr. Joost Meijs, CEO of Aruba Airport. The main theme for this first day was Discovering the undiscovered focusing on the future of Sustainable Aviation. The keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Jorge Rosillo, Corporación América and CEO of the Cargo Terminal of Ecuador, TCE and the Galapagos Ecological Airport, the 1st ecological airport in the world. Mr. Rafael Echevarne, Director General of Airports Council International of the Latin America and Caribbean, and Mrs. Marieke Smit, Program Manager Sustainable Aviation at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands also gave a presentation on the roadmap to e-flight.

An historical milestone was reached at the start of this morning’s event with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the six Dutch Caribbean islands, the Netherlands, the six airports of the Dutch Caribbean and the Dutch Association of Airports (NVL). This MOU mainly empowers these islands to explore and establish affordable, efficient, and sustainable air connectivity between Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba and, more specifically, to explore and stimulate the use of emission-free powered flights to execute the aforementioned air connectivity. A total of 15 dignitaries of the 6 island nations and The Netherlands expressed their commitment to the memorandum and agreed on forming a steering committee and action group working on a Joint Business Plan how this ambition can be established. This business plan will be delivered within seven months of signing the MOU.

The upcoming conference days will focus on interesting and important sustainability topics within the following main topics: Built for Experience focusing on Sustainable Tourism, Pushing the limits: changing the Future focusing on Sustainable Airport Operations, Reality Check focusing on current Research and Investments, and Connecting Generations, which will give the local community the chance to experience the Pipistrel Velis Electro up close.

Free virtual registrations are still available for the event which will be live streamed via on November 7 through November 11, 2022. For more information on the event and virtual registration, please visit our DCCA website



Memorandum of Understanding firma entre Caribe Hulandes, e islanan y Hulanda

Diferente partido ta comparti un vision di con pa mehora e conectividad entre islanan dor di hacie menos costoso, mas eficiente y mas sostenibel

ORANJESTAD - Awe mainta a continua cu e prome evento internacional di transporte aereo sostenibel, organisa door di Dutch Caribbean Cooperation of Airports’s: - A Flight to the Future - na Hyatt Regency Resort Spa & Casino Aruba. Minister di Transporte, Integridad, Naturalesa y Asuntonan di adulto mayor Ursell Arends, director General di Aviacion y Asunto Maritimo di e Ministerio di Infrastuctura y Administracion di Awa di Hulanda y alabes Presidente di DCCA y CEO di Aruba Airport Authority, Joost Meijs a ricibi e participantenan presente y esunnan cu a atende di forma virtual.

Tema principal durante e prome dia tabata “Discovering the undiscovered focusing on the future of Sustainable Aviation”. E discurso di apertura tabata den man di Jorge Rosillo di Corporación América y CEO di Cargo Terminal of Ecuador, TCE and the Galapagos Ecological Airport, cu ta e prome aeropuerto ecologico di mundo. Rafael Echevarne, Director General di Airports Council International of the Latin America and Caribbean y Marieke Smit, Program Manager Sustainable Aviation na e Ministerio di Infrastuctura y Maneho di Awa di Hulanda tambe a haci un presentacion tocante e roadmap pa e-flight.

Un momento historico durante e evento aki tabata e compromiso cu e ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MOU) entre e seis islanan di Caribe Hulandes, Hulanda, e seis aeropuertonan di Caribe Hulandes y Dutch Association of Airports (NVL). E MOU ta empodera principalmente e islanan aki pa explora y establece conectividad aereo accesibel entre Corsou, Aruba, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius y Saba y mas specíficamente pa explora y stimula e uzo di energia emission-free pa por ehecuta conectividad aereo.

Un total di 15 dignitario procedente for di seis isla y Hulanda a firma e MOU y a acorda pa forma un comite di directiva y un grupo di accion cu lo traha un Joint Business Plan tocante con lo por establece esaki. Lo entrega e business plan denter di e siguiente shete luna despues di firma e MOU.

Durante e proximo dianan di e conferencia lo concentra riba diferente tema interesante y importante di sostenibilidad, algun di e temanan principal:

  • “Built for Experience” enfocando riba turismo sostenibel
  • “Pushing the limits” enfocando riba e operacionnan pa un aeropuerto sostenibel
  • “Reality Check” enfocando riba investigacionnan andando y inversionnan
  • “Connecting Generations” dunando e comunidad un oportunidad pa experiencia e Pipistrel Velis Electro di cerca.

Ainda tin posibilidad pa registra y atende e evento aki di manera virtual cu lo ta transmiti “live” a traves di di 7 pa 11 di november 2022. Pa mas informacion tocante e evento y pa por registra participacion virtual, por bishita e website