Queen Beatrix International Airport

Queen Beatrix International Airport
Queen Beatrix International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix
Queen Beatrix Airport.jpg
Queen Beatrix Airport as seen from the sea
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 http://www.airportaruba.com/ airportaruba.com
TNCA 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) (Papiamento: Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix), 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 was named after Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, the 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 has a new airline, Tiara Air .

The airport offers US Border Pre-clearance facilities.

A terminal for private aircraft opened in 2007.


Airlines and destinations

Passenger airlines

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Mas Santo Domingo-La Isabela
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
AirTran Airways Atlanta, Baltimore [begins December 17],[2] Orlando
American Airlines Miami, New York-JFK [ends November 5][3]
Arkefly Amsterdam, Curaçao
Aserca Airlines operated by PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo, Caracas
Avianca Bogotá
operated by SAM Colombia
Avior Airlines Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan-Malpensa
CanJet Toronto-Pearson
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: New York-La Guardia
Copa Airlines Panama City
Copa Airlines Colombia Seasonal: Bogotá
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia
Dutch Antilles Express Bonaire, Caracas, Curaçao
Gol Transportes Aéreos operated by Varig Brasília, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Insel Air Curaçao, Bogotá [begins December 1]
JetBlue Airways Boston, New York–JFK
KLM Amsterdam, Bonaire [begins November 1]
Martinair Amsterdam [ends 31 October], Curaçao [ends 31 October]
PAWA Dominicana Seasonal: Santo Domingo-Las Americas
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sunwing Airlines Toronto-Pearson [begins November 6]
Surinam Airways Miami, Paramaribo
TAME Quito
Tiara Air Bonaire, Curaçao, Maracaibo, Punto Fijo, Riohacha
Thomas Cook Canada
operated by Jazz Air
Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia
Venezolana Caracas, Maracaibo
VolAir Santo Domingo-Las Americas

Cargo airlines

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

Charter & seasonal airlines

Airlines Destinations
Air Pullmantur Madrid
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan-Malpensa
Conviasa Caracas
Miami Air International Miami
Rico Linhas Aéreas Manaus
RUTACA Airlines Caracas
Sol America Coro, Las Piedras
TAM Linhas Aéreas São Paulo
Westjet Toronto-Pearson
Busiest US Routes from Aruba (2009–2010)[citation needed]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Flag of New York.svg New York (JFK), New York 237,498 American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue
2 Flag of Florida.svg Miami, Florida 209,364 American Airlines
3 Flag of New Jersey.svg Newark, New Jersey 145,448 Continental Airlines
4 Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Atlanta, Georgia 139,547 AirTran, Delta Airlines
5 Flag of North Carolina.svg Charlotte, North Carolina 120,362 US Airways
6 Massachusetts Boston, MA 113,910 JetBlue, US Airways
7 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 67,993 US Airways
8 Washington, D.C. Washington (Dulles), D.C. 27,477 United Airlines
9 Illinois Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 18,362 United Airlines
10 Texas Houston, TX (Bush) 15,727 Continental Airlines

World War II

During World War II the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Sixth Air Force defending Caribbean shipping and the Panama Canal against German submarines. Flying units assigned to the airfield were:

Incidents and accidents

  • 13 January 2010, an Arkefly Boeing 767-300 PH-AHQ operating flight OR361 from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Aruba Airport declared an emergency after a man who claimed to have a bomb on board insued 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 repacment aircraft PH-AHY also a Boeing 767-300 continued the flight to Aruba.


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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5

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