Saba Runway by killians_red via Flickr Creative Commons

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

There is only one airport operating on the island of Saba. It has international facilities, but flights only come in from the nearby islands of St Maarten and Saint Eustatius. However, this doesn’t stop the airport from boasting a global reputation. This is because the runway is one of the world’s most dangerous landing and take-off strips. Winair is the only air carrier operating from Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. Flights generally take about 12 to 15 minutes to reach St Maarten, from where connecting flights to the US mainland can be found. Apart from the helicopter journeys to and from the island, connections are made via prop-aircraft rather than jet-engine carriers. This is because the runway is dangerously short, measuring at less than 400 meters.

The terminal building is only basic and small. It was built in 1963 and contains a limited number of facilities. Tourists can use a public phone booth and there is one information counter, which is also used as a check-in desk. There are no shopping and food services in the terminal, but several offices for Winair.

Getting from the airport to the villages of Saba is best done by taxi. Car rental is available on the island, but there are no car rental services directly at the airport. There is parking available at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport.

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