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Dutch Antilles Express

Dutch Antilles Express
AirlineDutch Antilles Express
Fleet size3
Company sloganConnecting The Americas
Parent companyDutch Antilles Express B.V.
HeadquartersWillemstad, Curaçao
Key peopleStanley Mario Betrian (CEO) Frank Rudolph Emiel Weise (Statutory Director) Gianni Felipe Marcelo Anthony Schob (Statutory Director), Hughbert Delsol(COO), Steve Frederick Sloop(CCO)

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Dutch Antilles Express is a regional airline of the former territory of Curaçao. It operates high-frequency scheduled services in the Dutch Caribbean and to Venezuela, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Its main base is at Hato International Airport, Curaçao. The head office is at Pietermaai, Willemstad, Curaçao. Dutch Antilles Express announced on December 13, 2010 that Arnold B. Leonora had purchased the airline from Niek Sandman, who left to pursue other interests. In acquiring the Curaçao-based regional carrier, Leonora said his plan would be to “help Curaçao become one of the important hubs in the region,” making use of Aruba to expand the airline’s operations. Leonora noted, “DAE will be a true Dutch Caribbean airline servicing Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao with flights originating in all three islands."

Due to an escalating debt from poor performing market condition the government of Curaçao has stepped in on May 31, 2011 to keep the airline in the air. The airline has been purchased from Arnold Leonora by the Curaçao government for a cash injection sum of two injections of 1.5m guilders.

The airline is currently operating a much reduced schedule with a reduced fleet of 3 aircraft two Fokker 100 and one ATR42.

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