Queen Beatrix International Airport is an international airport located in Oranjestad, Aruba. 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 is named after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the now-retired Queen and former head of state of Aruba.
The 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 as well as a home base for Tiara Air until 2016. Since 2013 the airport is home to Aruba Airlines, a local airliner.
In 1934, Manuel Viana launched a weekly mail and passenger service between Aruba and Curacao. Commercial services were taken over by KLM from December 1934, and later transferred to a graded runway known as KLM field. During World War II the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces. The airfield was renamed Dakota Field, and the terminal facilities became Dakota Airport. In 1955, the airport was named after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands during a royal visit, and was renamed in 1980 after her accession to the throne.