Queen Beatrix International Airport

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Queen Beatrix International Airport
Internationale luchthaven Koningin Beatrix
Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix
AUA Arrivals building.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Aruba Airport Authority N.V.
Location Oranjestad, Aruba
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Elevation AMSL 60 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 12°30′05″N 70°00′55″W / 12.50139°N 70.01528°W / 12.50139; -70.01528Coordinates: 12°30′05″N 70°00′55″W / 12.50139°N 70.01528°W / 12.50139; -70.01528
Website airportaruba.com
AUA  is located in Aruba
Location in Aruba
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,743 8,999 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Queen Beatrix International Airport (IATA: AUAICAO: TNCA) (Dutch: Internationale luchthaven Koningin Beatrix; Papiamento: Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix), located in Oranjestad, Aruba, is an aviation facility. It has flight services to the United States, most countries in the Caribbean, the northern coastal countries of South America, Canada and some parts of Europe, notably the Netherlands. It is named after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the now-retired Queen and former head of state of Aruba.

This airport used to serve as the hub for bankrupt airline Air Aruba, which was for many years an international airline. Before Aruba's separation from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 it was also one of three hubs for Air ALM.

The airport offers US Border Pre-clearance facilities.

A terminal for private aircraft opened in 2007.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Delta 737-800 bound for Atlanta parked at gate 4
An AirTran flight pushes back
The air traffic control tower
The baggage claim area
The non-USA departures building
Delta Airlines ticketing counters
Walkway to security and US pre-clearance facilities

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Mas Santo Domingo-La Isabela
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson
AirTran Airways
operated by Southwest Airlines
Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando (all end June 30, 2014)[2]
American Airlines Miami
Arkefly Amsterdam, Curaçao
Aruba Airlines Maracaibo, Panama City, Valencia
Aserca Airlines Caracas
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan-Malpensa
Copa Airlines Panama City
Copa Airlines Colombia Seasonal: Bogotá
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia
Gol Airlines Brasília, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Insel Air Caracas, Curaçao, La Romana (begins 12 April 2014),[3] Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan (begins 18 June 2014), Miami,[4] Valencia [5]
JetBlue Airways Boston, New York–JFK
KLM Amsterdam, Bonaire
LAN Colombia Bogotá
LASER Airlines Caracas, Valencia
Pullmantur Air Seasonal: Madrid
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando (all begin July 1, 2014)[2]
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Surinam Airways Miami, Paramaribo
Tiara Air Bonaire, Caracas, Curaçao, Fort Lauderdale, Maracaibo, Punto Fijo, Riohacha
Seasonal: Armenia, Medellín
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Newark, Washington-Dulles
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental (begins June 7, 2014), New York-LaGuardia
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia
Venezolana Caracas, Maracaibo
WestJet Toronto-Pearson

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight San Juan
Amerijet International Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo
DHL Aero Expreso Panama City
Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas Bogotá
Merlin Express Aguadilla

Charter & seasonal airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan-Malpensa
CanJet Toronto-Pearson
Conviasa Caracas
Miami Air International Miami
Perla Airlines Porlamar
Pullmantur Air Madrid
Rico Linhas Aéreas Manaus
RUTACA Airlines Caracas
Sol America Coro, Las Piedras
TAM Linhas Aéreas São Paulo
Busiest US Routes from Aruba (2009–2010)[citation needed]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
Flag of New York.svg New York (JFK), New York
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
Flag of Florida.svg Miami, Florida
American Airlines
Flag of New Jersey.svg Newark, New Jersey
United Airlines
Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Atlanta, Georgia
AirTran, Delta Air Lines
Flag of North Carolina.svg Charlotte, North Carolina
US Airways
Massachusetts Boston, MA
JetBlue, US Airways
Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
US Airways
Virginia Washington (Dulles), VA
United Airlines
Illinois Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois
United Airlines
Texas Houston, TX (Bush)
United Airlines

World War II[edit]

During World War II the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Sixth Air Force defending Caribbean shipping and the Panama Canal against German submarines. Flying units assigned to the airfield were:

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 13 January 2010, an Arkefly Boeing 767-300 PH-AHQ operating flight OR361 from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Queen Beatrix International Airport declared an emergency after a man who claimed to have a bomb on board ensued a struggle with the flight crew, the aircraft made an emergency Landing at Shannon Airport. Gardai stormed the plane and arrested the man, where he was taken to Shannon Garda station. A passenger having had surgery earlier the month before collapsed in the terminal while waiting for the continuation of the flight and had to be taken to a local hospital. The replacement aircraft PH-AHY also a Boeing 767-300 continued the flight to Aruba.

World's Top 10 Airport Approaches[edit]

In 2011, the airport was voted fourth in a list of the world's top 10 airport approaches in a survey conducted by PrivateFly.com.[6]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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