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
12/30 400 1,312 Paved

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (IATA: SABICAO: TNCS) is an airport on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba.[1]


The airport, named after the Aruban Minister Juancho Irausquin, has one of the shortest commercial runways in the world, only 400 metres (1,312 ft) long, flanked on one side by high hills, with cliffs that drop into the sea at both ends.[1][2] 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.[citation needed]


Jet aircraft are unable to land at the airport, because the runway is too short,[3] but smaller STOL[1] airplanes (such as the DHC-6, BN-2, and helicopters) are common sights there. A small ramp and terminal are 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.[4] The tower is an advisory service only and does not provide air traffic control. Aviation fuel is not available on the island of Saba.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The only airline currently providing scheduled services to and from Yrausquin Airport is locally owned Winair, which operates daily flights to Sint Maarten aboard a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter.[5] On average, flights to Saint Maarten last no longer than 15 minutes.[6]

Airlines Destinations
Anguilla Air Services[7] Charter: Anguilla
Winair Sint Maarten, Saint-Barthélemy[8]
Charter: Antigua
Windward Express[5] Charter: Sint Maarten

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Fodor's; Roth, Melanie A. (1994). Caribbean '95: The Complete Guide to Choosing and Enjoying the Perfect Island Vacation. Fodor's Travel Publications. p. 443. ISBN 9780679027058. 
  2. ^ Tweddle, Andy (20 January 2011). "Five of the smallest airports in the world". Business Traveller. Panacea Publishing. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Saba Airport, Caribbean, Saba Island Airports, SAB, Juancho Yrausquin Airport". airgorilla.com. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Juancho E Yrausquin Airport". Discover Airports. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Get to Saba". Saba Tourist Bureau. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Select Flight". dsolution. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Services". Anguilla Air Services. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/270620/winair-adds-regular-st-barthelemy-saba-service-from-jan-2017/

External links[edit]

Media related to Saba Airport at Wikimedia Commons