DC-ANSP members attending a shareholders meeting at Renaissance Resort in Curaçao on Friday, August 30.
PHILIPSBURG–Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Minister Stuart Johnson returned to St. Maarten on Sunday following a meeting of Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP) shareholders at Renaissance Resort in Curaçao, on Friday, August 30.
Johnson said the meeting provided a clear direction for aviation service providers in the region, as crucial topics were addressed.
One such topic was the debts of Insel Air, which was declared bankrupt earlier this year after failing to attract investments. The airline has since lost its air operator’s certificate (AOC).
Johnson also said St. Maarten has been allowed to nominate a member to DC-ANSP’s supervisory board. The board profile that was proposed is aviation, and the candidate must be appointed by the end of October this year.
After that meeting, St. Maarten will be allowed to nominate a candidate board member for the first time.
“Our participation at this level is crucial as we continue to build our aviation service to attract more airlines to the island. We are a tourism destination whose economy is driven by visitor arrivals. Therefore, it is essential that we can fill the position quickly with a qualified individual who would properly represent the interest of St. Maarten at the DC-ANSP,” said Johnson.
He also met with Curaçao Tourism Development Foundation’s (CTDF’s) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Pennicook, at which time he received updates on ongoing projects for tourism development. “I made our position clear that we must cooperate and that working together is the best way forward,” said Johnson.
While in Curaçao on the working visit, Johnson also made use of the opportunity to meet with Giselle McWilliams, who was sworn in as Curaçao’s new Minister of Economic Development in August.