Queen Beatrix International Airport

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Queen Beatrix
International Airport

Internationale luchthaven
Koningin Beatrix

Aeropuerto Internacional
Reina Beatrix
AUA Arrivals building.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerAruba Airport Authority N.V.
LocationOranjestad, Aruba
Hub for
Elevation AMSL60 ft / 18 m
Coordinates12°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
Websiteairportaruba.com
Map
AUA  is located in Aruba
AUA 
AUA 
Location in Aruba
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,743 8,999 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Queen Beatrix International Airport (IATA: AUA, ICAO: TNCA) (Dutch: Internationale luchthaven Koningin Beatrix; Papiamento: Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix), is an international airport located in Oranjestad, Aruba. 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.

Overview[edit]

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 as well as a home base for Tiara Air until 2016.

Since 2013 the airport is home to Aruba Airlines, a local airliner. The airline has 3 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 2 Bombardier CRJ200. The main focus of Aruba Airlines is connecting the region through its hub. The airport helps much by providing US Border Pre-clearance and in return the airline would yield less expenses form passengers with incomplete document due to send home.

History[edit]

In 1934, Manuel Viana launched a weekly mail and passenger service between Aruba and Curacao, with A.J. Viccellio piloting Loening C-2H Air Yacht PJ-ZAA from a mud-flat runway. Commercial services were taken over by KLM from December 24, 1934, and later[when?] transferred to a graded runway known as KLM field.[2]

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.[citation needed] The airfield was renamed Dakota Field, and the terminal facilities became Dakota Airport.[2] Flying units assigned to the airfield were:

On 22 October 1955, the airport was named after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands during a royal visit, and was renamed in 1980 after her accession to the throne.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air Century Santo Domingo-La Isabela
Albatros Airlines Las Piedras
American Airlines Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth (begins 22 December 2018),[3] Miami, New York–LaGuardia (begins 8 June 2019), Philadelphia
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare (begins 22 December 2018)[3]
Aruba Airlines Bonaire, Curaçao, Las Piedras, Maracaibo, Miami, Valencia (VE)
Charter: Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan, Havana
Avianca Bogotá
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Divi Divi Air Curaçao
Charter: Bonaire
Insel Air Curaçao
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
KLM Amsterdam1
LATAM Colombia Bogotá
LASER Airlines Caracas, Maracaibo
Sky High Aviation Services Santo Domingo–Las Américas
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Sunwing Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Surinam Airways Miami, Paramaribo
Seasonal: Orlando/Sanford
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels2
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam3
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Washington–Dulles
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Winair operated by Air Antilles Curaçao, Sint Maarten4
Wingo Bogotá
Notes
  • ^1 KLM's flights operate to and from Bonaire on selected days.
  • ^2 TUI fly Belgium's flights operate from Brussels to Aruba via Santo Domingo. However, the airline does not have cabotage rights to transport passengers solely between Aruba and Santo Domingo.
  • ^3 TUI Airlines Netherlands's flights operate between Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao on selected days. However, the airline does not have fifth freedom rights to transport passengers solely between Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
  • ^4 Winair's flights operate between Aruba and Sint Maarten via Curacao selected days.

Cargo[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Busiest US routes from Aruba (2009–2010)[citation needed]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1
New York–JFK, New York
237,498
Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2
Miami, Florida
209,364
American Airlines
3
Newark, New Jersey
145,448
United Airlines
4
Atlanta, Georgia
139,547
Delta Air Lines
5
Charlotte, North Carolina
120,362
US Airways
6
Boston, MA
113,910
JetBlue
7
Philadelphia, PA
67,993
American Airlines
8
Washington (Dulles), VA
27,477
United Airlines
9
Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois
18,362
United Airlines
10
Houston, TX (Bush)
15,727
Continental Airlines

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On January 13, 2010, an Arkefly Boeing 767-300 with the registration of PH-AHQ, was operating on flight 361 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. Gardaí 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]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for TNCA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "Airport History". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "American Route Changes: New Flights To The Caribbean & Hawaii, Beijing Route Canceled". Retrieved 2 May 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

External links[edit]

Media related to Queen Beatrix International Airport at Wikimedia Commons