May 23, 2013
May 23–The FAA and the Kingdom of the Netherlands today signed an agreement to promote a safe aviation environment in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands, and Sint Maarten) and the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands (Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius).
“The FAA looks forward to working with the Kingdom to enhance our aviation cooperation in the Caribbean,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
“The Kingdom of the Netherlands is pleased to join the Federal Aviation Administration to promote the air safety of the Dutch Caribbean. The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States share values, history and a commitment to safety, in the air, on the land or sea. This agreement strengthens our cooperation to the benefit of the Caribbean, the United States and Europe,” said Ambassador Rudolf Bekink.
The United States is responsible for providing air traffic flow services in the San Juan Flight Information Region which is adjacent to the Kingdom of the Netherlands airspace. This agreement will promote cooperation between the two nations to include coordination of traffic flows between U.S. –controlled airspace and the airspace controlled by Sint Maarten and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It also provides for the FAA to work directly with the authorities in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom to facilitate the installation and maintenance of FAA air navigation equipment and facilities as needed, to provide technical assistance, and for the exchange of information on the regulation and oversight of aviation safety.