Aruba airport plans expansion of US departure hall
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Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) is expanding with a project called Gateway 2030, including new gates, check-in areas, upgrades and more restaurants and bars. Construction for Gateway 2030 has already begun and is expected to cost $140 million.
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Current construction is at phase 1-A, which includes the expansion of the U.S. departures check-in hall, aiming to be twice the size of the existing area, according to Vacations by Aruba. Phase 1-A is expected to be completed by 2024.
Other elements of phase 1A include the construction of a new baggage hall, the implementation of a new baggage handling system and the addition of necessary airside and landside connections, according to the Aruba airport’s website.
With travel on the upswing as more people get vaccinated, warm island destinations such as Aruba are experiencing increased passenger traffic.
In August, Frontier Airlines added new service to Aruba as part of a 15-route expansion. Frontier’s first flights to Aruba will begin on Nov. 20, when the low-cost carrier launches a twice-weekly service from Miami.
Other airlines that currently fly to Aruba include American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Spirit, Southwest and United Airlines.
Some of the best points hotels in Aruba include Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino and The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.
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