Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
|Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport|
|IATA: SAB – ICAO: TNCS|
|Elevation AMSL||60 ft / 18 m|
The airport's infamy arises from its physical position and layout: it is flanked on one side by high hills and at both runway ends cliffs drop into the sea. Additionally, the runway at the airport is relatively short (400m); this creates a slightly higher risk for landing and takeoff since the safety margins are not as great as would be found at a typical commercial airport.
Although the airport is officially marked as closed to traffic (X), regional airline propeller aircraft are able to land there under waivers from The Netherlands Antilles' Civil Aviation Authority. The most common aircraft to land there are the Twin Otter and BN-2 Islander
Jet aircraft are unable to land at the airport, because the runway is too short (approx. 1,300 ft or 396 m). However, smaller airplanes (DHC-6, BN-2 and helicopters) are common sights there. There is a small ramp and terminal on the southwest flank of the runway. The ramp also has a designated helipad. The terminal building houses offices for Winair, immigration and security, a fire department with one fire truck and a tower. The tower is an advisory service only and does not provide air traffic control. Aviation fuel is not available on the island of Saba.
Airlines and destinations
|Winair||Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten|
The only airline currently serving Yrausquin Airport is locally owned Winair, which operates daily flights to Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius aboard a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter; the largest airplane ever to manage flights to and from Saba, is the Dash 7 DHC-7.
Average flights to Sint Maarten last within a quarter of an hour.
|Anguilla Air Services||Anguilla|
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- "Juancho E Yrausquin Airport". Discover Airports. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
Media related to Saba Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Airport information for TNCS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Airport information for TNCS / SAB at Great Circle Mapper.
- Accident history for TNCS / SAB at Aviation Safety Network
- Winair Local airline
- Aviation Pioneers of the Caribbean
- Photos of J. Yrausquin Airport from Airliners
- Cockpit video landing at Saba from YouTube
- J. Yrausquin Airport details from World Airport Codes