Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

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Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Winair
Serves Saba
Location Saba
Elevation AMSL 60 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 17°38′44″N 063°13′14″W / 17.64556°N 63.22056°W / 17.64556; -63.22056Coordinates: 17°38′44″N 063°13′14″W / 17.64556°N 63.22056°W / 17.64556; -63.22056
TNCS is located in Netherlands Antilles
Location in Saba
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 396 1,299 Paved
The runway at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport.
The airport building.

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (IATA: SABICAO: TNCS) is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba.


The airport has the shortest commercial runway in the world, only 396 meters (1,299 ft) long, flanked on one side by high hills, with cliffs that drop into the sea at both ends.[1]

Although the airport is closed to jet traffic, 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.[2] 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[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Winair Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten

The only airline currently serving Yrausquin Airport is locally owned Winair, which operates daily flights to Sint Maarten 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 no longer than a quarter of an hour.


Airlines Destinations
Anguilla Air Services Anguilla
Winair Antigua


  1. ^ Tweddle, Andy (20 January 2011). "Five of the smallest airports in the world". Business Traveller. Panacea Publishing. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Juancho E Yrausquin Airport". Discover Airports. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Saba Airport at Wikimedia Commons