About The Airport
The purpose of Aruba Airport :
Aruba Airport’s purpose is to connect Aruba to the world in order to facilitate prosperity and promote the well-being for the country and its citizens. We carry out our responsibility of operating Aruba’s primary gateway in a responsible and disciplined manner, and in doing so reflect our shared values of reliability, efficiency, integrity, commitment to quality, hospitality, respect, and teamwork
In April 2004 Aruba Airport Authority has entered into a Strategic Co-operation Agreement with Schiphol International. Schiphol International is the division responsible for international activities at the Schiphol Group, owner and manager of amongst others Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The Strategic Co-operation between the Aruba Airport Authority and Schiphol Group will focus on making maximum use of Reina Beatrix International Airport’s commercial potential, to strengthen its financial position and to assist the airport in further developing the facilities on and around the airport, in order to develop Reina Beatrix International Airport into one of the leading airports in the Caribbean.
Strategic Imperatives :
- To realize and unlock the potential of people power, and to recognize that learning and development are keys to our enduring success
- To make a first and last impression on visitors that represents Aruba’s culture, values, and promotes continued growth in the island’s tourism ambitions.
- To assure the safe, secure, reliable, and efficient operation of the national airport of Aruba.
- To effectively translate the strategic plan of the island into short and long-term strategies for the airport.
- To be a socially and environmentally responsible member of the community
- To orchestrate the airport processes, together with our partners, with the highest levels of professionalism and ethical principles.
Aruba Airport Authority N.V. has awarded a Design Consultancy contract to NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants, part of Royal HaskoningDHV, for the redevelopment and expansion of Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix which is currently at full capacity handling 2.6 million passengers on a yearly basis. The project will increase the airport's capacity and put it on the map as a state-of-the-art airport offering US Preclearance. The project is valued at some $200 million with construction starting in 2018.
NACO will provide overall design and development services for the airport’s expansion and redevelopment. As lead consultant the organization will head the design and tender process which are expected to be carried out over the next four years.
The project, Gateway 2030, is the first major increase in airport capacity since 2000. Currently operating at full capacity, passenger traffic of the airport, that has won awards in the last years, such as Routes Americas and the Airport Service Quality Award, has nearly tripled in recent years.
Improved passenger experience
The centerpiece of the redevelopment project will be the new and expanded check-in facilities, baggage system and upgrades of the screening process to full EDS TSA standards for US bound passengers. The new baggage system will also include a full sortation capability allowing non-US bound flights to check-in with US bound flights, thus improving efficiency and utilization of the airport’s capacity. With these new facilities, passengers will experience shorter queuing times and improved service levels during peak check-in times.
Greener and more sustainable
To minimize the airport’s footprint on the environment, the project has been registered for a LEED Silver accreditation. This entails design features including green energy produced by solar panels. The design team will incorporate an automated building management system for lighting and cooling based on the occupancy. A solar study will determine the build-up of facades and roofs to avoid solar gain while maximizing day light for a pleasant passenger experience.
Gateway 2030 is designed to address the airport’s capacity constraints, customer experience and sustainability in order to set the airport on a path of continued growth for the decades ahead. During the period 2017-2020 AAA is planning to invest a total of USD 300 million. “We are extremely excited to kick off this vital expansion project together with NACO to create an airport that Aruba will be proud of. We are confident that NACO’s expertise will ensure a greener and more user-friendly expanded airport that will especially enhance the US Bound passenger experience at Aruba’s only airport,” said AAA CEO Mr. James Fazio.
Once completed, passengers will also benefit from three additional contact gates and two bus gates allowing for quicker passenger handling to and from aircraft, a broader selection of retail and food & beverage outlets, improved passenger circulation space and amenities.
Facts and Figures
- Number of Serving Airlines: 29
- Number of Direct Destinations: 31
- Number of Terminals: 1
- Number of Runways: 1
- Length of Main Runway (m): 2808
- Aircraft Parking Stands: 18 currently in service (22 total)