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Reina Beatrix Intl Airport

Queen Beatrix International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix
Queen Beatrix Airport as seen from the sea
Airport type Public
Owner Aruba Airport Authority N.V.
Location Oranjestad, Aruba
Elevation AMSL 60 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 12°30′05″N 070°00′55″W / 12.50139°N 70.01528°W / 12.50139; -70.01528Coordinates: 12°30′05″N 070°00′55″W / 12.50139°N 70.01528°W / 12.50139; -70.01528
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,232 2,814 Asphalt

Queen Beatrix International Airport (IATA: AUA, ICAO: TNCA) (Papiamento: Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix), in Oranjestad, Aruba, is a fairly large aviation facility that has flight services to the United States, most countries in the Caribbean, the northern coastal countries of South America 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

A Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800 landing
A Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800 landing

US Airways Boeing 757 departing
US Airways Boeing 757 departing
Airlines Destinations
Aero República Bogotá [seasonal]
Aerolíneas Mas Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson
AirTran Airways Atlanta, Orlando
Air Transat Montreal-Trudeau [seasonal], Toronto-Pearson [seasonal]
American Airlines Miami, New York-JFK
Arkefly Amsterdam, Curaçao
Aserca Airlines Caracas, Santo Domingo de Guzmán
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, New York-La Guardia [seasonal], Newark
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Dutch Antilles Express Bonaire, Caracas, Curaçao
Gol Transportes Aéreos operated by Varig Brasília, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Insel Air Curaçao
JetBlue Airways Boston, New York–JFK
Martinair Amsterdam
Santa Bárbara Airlines Las Piedras, Maracaibo
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Surinam Airways Miami, Paramaribo
TAME Quito
Tiara Air Bonaire, Curaçao, Punto Fijo, Riohacha
Thomson Airways London-Gatwick [seasonal], Manchester [seasonal]
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles
US Airways Boston, Charlotte, New York–La Guardia [seasonal], Philadelphia
Venezolana Caracas, Maracaibo
VolAir Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Cargo airlines

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

Charter & seasonal airlines

Airlines Destinations
Air Pullmantur Madrid
Blue Panorama Milan-Malpensa
CanJet Toronto-Pearson
Conviasa Caracas
Miami Air International Miami
TAM Linhas Aéreas São Paulo
Rico Linhas Aéreas Manaus
RUTACA Airlines Caracas
Sol America Coro, Las Piedras
USA 3000 Pittsburgh

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.

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General Info
Country Aruba
Time UTC-4
Latitude 12.501389
12° 30' 05.00" N
Longitude -70.015221
070° 00' 54.80" W
Elevation 60 feet
18 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 009° W (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Oranjestad
Island Group Aruba I
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

GND 121.9
ATIS 132.1
Communications Remarks  
TWR APP/TWR combined H24.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
11/29 9000 x 148 feet
2743 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTION Bird haz. 121' high crane opr 1312' N of rwy.
FUEL A1 (Valero Marketing and Supply, 297-582-1302); (NC-100LL)
MISC Flt plans, AIS svc avbl 1100-0330Z.
NS ABTMT Jet ops, dep/arr ctc APP/TWR for pro.
RSTD PPR rqr for all. Country clnc rqr prior to PPR. See FCG. Ctc DSN 483-3805 for PPR btn 1300-2000Z++. Send PPR req immed after rcv country clnc and NLT 3 working days prior to arr. Non-USCS acft must specify type of support req. Cargo flt notrecommended on Sun or overnight. Inbd acft ctc TIGER OPS 20 min out on 282.425.Dep acft shall not make a turn before cros thld Rwy 11 or Rwy 29. Arr and Dep acft shall not overflt The Water and Energy Co located at the BEA VOR/DME Rad 1353NM blw 2500' and within a rad of 1640'.

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