Mr. Hamza Kacha, Program Manager Caribbean Netherlands at the Ministry of Climate and Energy, Mr. Michiel de Graaf, Senior Policy Adviser/ Press Officer, and Mrs. Geraldine Ras from the Representation of the Netherlands in Aruba (VNO) accompanied Minister Jetten.
At the meeting, AAA’s CEO, Mr. Joost Meijs, gave an extensive account of the current state of affairs at the Dutch Caribbean Cooperation of Airports (DCCA) regarding the strategic plans and developments in the electric flying field. The latter is mainly in the context of making the flight connections between the CAS and BES islands in the Caribbean more sustainable, efficient, and cheap in the short and long term. They also extensively discussed the working group, working on a Joint Strategic Plan for this within the DCCA framework.
For his part, Minister Jetten has given his vision of the opportunities of electric flying for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and of the enormous opportunities that exist if all governments, authorities, and aviation parties work well together.
"The exchange of information about current projects, plans, and developments on the islands and in the Netherlands was extremely instructive, useful, and enlightening in several areas. The contacts that have now been made will come in handy in the roll-out of the Joint Strategic Plan for improving the connections between the islands. This plan is expected to be delivered in October this year", said Mr. Joost Meijs, CEO of AAA.
About the DCCA
The Dutch Caribbean Cooperation of Airports (DCCA) is a cooperation between all six Caribbean Airports within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. DCCA’s objective is to improve the general quality of each airport by facilitating mutual assistance, efficient exchange of information, transfer of knowledge, and sharing of expertise to achieve economies of scale.
DCCA aims to present future-focused alternative air transportation options to improve interisland connectivity between the Dutch Caribbean Islands.
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