Queen Beatrix International Airport

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Queen Beatrix International Airport
Internationale luchthaven Koningin Beatrix
Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix
AUA Arrivals building.JPG
IATA: AUAICAO: TNCA
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
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
11/292,7438,999Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]
 
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Queen Beatrix International Airport
Internationale luchthaven Koningin Beatrix
Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix
AUA Arrivals building.JPG
IATA: AUAICAO: TNCA
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
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
11/292,7438,999Asphalt
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

Scheduled airlines[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aerolíneas MasSanto Domingo-La Isabela
Air CanadaToronto-Pearson
AirTran Airways
operated by Southwest Airlines
Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando (all end 30 June 2014)[2]
American AirlinesMiami
ArkeflyAmsterdam, Curaçao
Aruba AirlinesMaracaibo, Panama City, Valencia
Aserca AirlinesCaracas
AviancaBogotá
Avior AirlinesCaracas, Maracaibo, Valencia
Blue Panorama AirlinesMilan-Malpensa
Copa AirlinesPanama City
Copa Airlines ColombiaSeasonal: Bogotá
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia
Gol AirlinesBrasília, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Insel AirBonaire, Curaçao
Insel Air ArubaCaracas, Curaçao, Miami, Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan (begins 18 June 2014),[3] Valencia[4]
JetBlue AirwaysBoston, New York–JFK
KLMAmsterdam, Bonaire
LAN ColombiaBogotá
LASER AirlinesCaracas, Valencia
Pullmantur AirSeasonal: Madrid
Southwest AirlinesAtlanta, Baltimore, Orlando (all begin 1 July 2014)[2]
Spirit AirlinesFort Lauderdale
Sunwing AirlinesMontréal–Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Surinam AirwaysMiami, Paramaribo
Tiara AirBonaire, Caracas, Curaçao, Fort Lauderdale, Maracaibo, Punto Fijo, Riohacha
Seasonal: Armenia, Medellín
Thomas Cook Airlines ScandinaviaSeasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Thomson AirwaysSeasonal: London-Gatwick
United AirlinesChicago-O'Hare, Newark, Washington-Dulles
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental (begins 7 June 2014), New York-LaGuardia
US AirwaysCharlotte, Philadelphia
VenezolanaCaracas, Maracaibo
WestJetToronto-Pearson

Cargo airlines[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AmeriflightSan Juan
Amerijet InternationalMiami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo
DHL Aero ExpresoPanama City
Líneas Aéreas SuramericanasBogotá
Merlin ExpressAguadilla

Charter airlines[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Blue Panorama AirlinesMilan-Malpensa
ConviasaCaracas
Miami Air InternationalMiami
Perla AirlinesPorlamar
Pullmantur AirMadrid
Rico Linhas AéreasManaus
RUTACA AirlinesCaracas
Sol AmericaCoro, Las Piedras
TAM Linhas AéreasSão Paulo
Busiest US routes from Aruba (2009–2010)[citation needed]
RankAirportPassengersCarriers
1
New York (JFK), New York
237,498
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2
Miami, Florida
209,364
American Airlines
3
Newark, New Jersey
145,448
United Airlines
4
Atlanta, Georgia
139,547
AirTran, Delta Air Lines
5
Charlotte, North Carolina
120,362
US Airways
6
Boston, MA
113,910
JetBlue, US Airways
7
Philadelphia, PA
67,993
US Airways
8
Washington (Dulles), VA
27,477
United Airlines
9
Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois
18,362
United Airlines
10
Houston, TX (Bush)
15,727
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]

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.[5]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]