Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
|Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport|
|IATA: SAB – ICAO: TNCS|
|Elevation AMSL||60 ft / 18 m|
The airport, named after the Aruban Minister Juancho Irausquin, 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.
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. 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 aboard a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter. The largest airplane ever to manage flights to and from Saba is the DHC-7. Average flights to Saint Maarten last no longer than a quarter of an hour.
|Anguilla Air Services||Anguilla|
- Tweddle, Andy (20 January 2011). "Five of the smallest airports in the world". Business Traveller. Panacea Publishing. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "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