Celebrating 60 Years Saba's Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

August 25, 2023
As the azure waves of the Caribbean Sea gently caress the shores of the unspoiled Queen, Saba, we celebrate a historic milestone– the 60th anniversary of the iconic Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport.

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This airport stands as a testament to the enduring relationship between WINAIR and the people of Saba, representing six decades of our commitment to safe, reliable, and efficient air travel connections to this picturesque gem of an island.

A Brief History:
In 1963, a daring project took flight on the tranquil shores of Saba – the construction of the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. Named after the Aruban politician who was instrumental in the development of the Airport, this airport was destined to become a symbol of Saba's connection to the world. The airport's exceptional engineering is renowned, with its iconic short runway nestled between dramatic cliffs and the Caribbean Sea. Since its inception, the airport has been a lifeline for the island's residents, providing an essential link to neighboring islands and beyond.

The WINAIR Connection:
Adding to the success story of the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is the steadfast partnership between the island and WINAIR as the regional airline assisting in connecting the people of Saba to the world beyond their horizons. Since our co-founder Captain Greaux Sr. landed for the first time to try out the newly asphalted runway 60 years ago, WINAIR has played a pivotal role in making Saba accessible to travelers from all corners of the globe.

Celebrating the People of Saba:
As the airport marks its diamond jubilee, it is not just a celebration of engineering and aviation excellence, but a tribute to the resilience and spirit of the Saba people. For six decades, they have been the beating heart of the airport's story – the passengers, the ground staff, the local businesses, and the families who have contributed to making this airport a true hub of connectivity.

Looking to the Future:
As the airport and WINAIR celebrate this remarkable anniversary, their gaze is fixed on the future. Technological advancements, changing travel patterns, and environmental consciousness present new challenges and opportunities. The commitment to innovation, efficiency, and sustainability will shape the next chapter of this extraordinary partnership, ensuring that the next 60 years are as remarkable as the past.

The 60th anniversary of Saba's Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is more than a mere commemoration of time; it is a tribute to the enduring bond between a community and its gateway to the world. Through the dedication of WINAIR and the unyielding spirit of the Saba people, this iconic airport will continue to serve as a beacon of connectivity, a testament to human ingenuity, and a reminder that even the most audacious dreams can take flight and touch the sky.

If you are interested in a more detailed history, read Will Johnson’s article, complete with wonderful photographs, on his blog website ‘The Saba Islander’:

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