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
Hub for
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, Trinidad and Tobago, 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.


The airport offers US Border Pre-clearance facilities. A terminal for private aircraft opened in 2007. 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.

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:

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Delta 737-900 bound for Atlanta parked at gate 4
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


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Mas Santo Domingo–La Isabela
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Albatros Airlines Las Piedras
Seasonal: Barquisimeto, Maracaibo, Porlamar
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia
Aruba Airlines Curaçao, Maracaibo, Miami, Panama City, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Valencia (Venezuela)
Charter: Cancún, St. Maarten
Aserca Airlines Caracas
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Ecuador Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia (Venezuela)
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa
Choice Aire
operated by Swift Air
Charter: Miami, Nashville
Conviasa Charter: Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City
Copa Airlines Colombia Panama City
Seasonal: Bogotá
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia
Gol Airlines Brasília, Caracas, Havana, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Insel Air Bonaire, Curaçao
Insel Air Aruba Caracas, Curaçao, Georgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Manaus, Maracaibo, Medellín–Córdova, Miami, Paramaribo, San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, St. Maarten, Valencia (Venezuela)
Seasonal: Quito[2]
JetBlue Airways Boston, New York–JFK
KLM Amsterdam
LAN Colombia Bogotá
LASER Airlines Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia (Venezuela)
PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Houston–Hobby, Orlando
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sunwing Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Surinam Airways Miami, Paramaribo
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester (resumes 2 May 2016)
Tiara Air Las Piedras, Miami, St. Maarten
TUI Airlines Netherlands Amsterdam
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia
Venezolana Maracaibo
WestJet Toronto–Pearson


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


Busiest US routes from Aruba (2009–2010)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
New York (JFK), New York
Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
Miami, Florida
American Airlines
Newark, New Jersey
United Airlines
Atlanta, Georgia
Delta Air Lines
Charlotte, North Carolina
American Airlines
Boston, MA
Philadelphia, PA
American Airlines
Washington (Dulles), VA
United Airlines
Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois
United Airlines
Houston, TX (Bush)
United Airlines

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.

See also[edit]



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

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