- Queen Beatrix International Airport
Queen Beatrix International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix
Queen Beatrix Airport as seen from the sea IATA: AUA – ICAO: TNCA Summary Airport type Public Owner Aruba Airport Authority N.V. Location Oranjestad, Aruba Hub for Elevation AMSL 60 ft / 18 m Coordinates Coordinates: Website Map Runways Direction Length Surface m ft 11/29 2,743 8,999 Asphalt Source: DAFIF
Queen Beatrix International Airport (IATA: AUA, ICAO: 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
Airlines Destinations Aerolíneas Mas Santo Domingo-La Isabela Air Canada Toronto-Pearson Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson AirTran Airways Atlanta, Baltimore [begins December 17], Orlando American Airlines Miami, New York-JFK [ends November 5] Arkefly Amsterdam, Curaçao Aserca Airlines operated by PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo, Caracas Avianca Bogotá Avianca
operated by SAM Colombia
Bogotá 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
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) Rank Airport Passengers Carriers 1 New York (JFK), New York 237,498 American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue 2 Miami, Florida 209,364 American Airlines 3 Newark, New Jersey 145,448 Continental Airlines 4 Atlanta, Georgia 139,547 AirTran, Delta Airlines 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), D.C. 27,477 United Airlines 9 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 18,362 United Airlines 10 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:
- 59th Bombardment Squadron (9th Bombardment Group) 14 January-24 September 1942 (A-20 Havoc)
- 12th Bombardment Squadron (25th Bombardment Group) 10 October 1942–23 November 1943 (B-18 Bolo)
- 22d Fighter Squadron (36th Fighter Group) 2 September 1942-April 1943 (P-40 Warhawk)
- 32d Fighter Squadron (Antilles Air Command) 9 March 1943-March 1944 (P-40 Warhawk)
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.
- ^ Airport information for TNCA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/AirTran-Airways-Adds-New-prnews-3205558459.html?x=0&.v=1
- ^ http://www.trvlink.com/download/aa/AAschedules.pdf
USAAF Sixth Air Force in World War II
- 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
Previously: Panama Canal Air Force (1940-1941); Caribbean Air Force (1941-1942) Airfields CaribbeanCoolidge (Antigua) · Dakota (Aruba) · Batista (Cuba) · Camaguey (Cuba) · Hato (Curacao) · Vernam (Jamaica) · Arecibo (Puerto Rico) · Borinquen (Puerto Rico) · Losey (Puerto Rico) · Benedict (Saint Croix) · Beane (Saint Lucia) · St. Thomas Airport (Saint Thomas) · Carlsen (Trinidad) · Piarco Airport (Trinidad) · Waller (Trinidad) Canal Zone Panama Central and South
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