saba airport in 1963
Saba’s airport in 1963, from Captain George Greaux Sr.’s archive,.

A Big Birthday for the Caribbean’s Tiniest Airport  

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - August 27, 2023

It’s home to the shortest commercial runway on earth: the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba, just 400 meters in length. 

And this week, the island’s Juancho E Yrausquin Airport is celebrating its 60th birthday. 

The airport has played an integral role in connecting the tiny island to the rest of the Caribbean and beyond. 

The runway was first asphalted in 1963, after which regional airline Winair’s co-founder, George Greaux Sr., was the first to land there. 

Winair has been flying to Saba for six decades since, operating multiple flights per day between nearby St Maarten and Saba on Twin Otter aircraft. 

“we reflect on the remarkable journey we have shared with the people of Saba,” said Hans van de Velde, CEO of WINAIR. “is an honor for WINAIR to have been a part of Saba’s growth and to continue serving as a bridge between this stunning island and the world. We look forward to many more years of partnership and collaboration.”

Popular Posts belize hotel mayan world

At the Falling Leaves Lodge in Belize, a Portal to the Maya World

SAN IGNACIO — There has been some form of settlement on this site for more than 3,000 years, here on a leafy hill above the town of San Ignacio, Belize. In other words, this is no ordinary hill. This is Cahal Pech, […]

In San Ignacio, Belize, The Art of Adventure (And Pupusas)

pupusas belize

The sizzle is calling you. In the early morning, corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and beans and meat sing a particularly strong siren song.  It could be that perfect blend of dough and heat, or the aroma. It might just […]

Delta Is Adding More Nonstop Curacao Flights, Citing “Booming Demand”  

the beach at the avila hotel in curacao

Curacao is hotter than ever, with a wave of new hotels and record-breaking tourism numbers. And just a few months after Delta made its long-awaited return to the island, the carrier is adding even more flights.  The reason? What Delta […]

Related Posts belize blancaneaux

At These 13 Resorts, You Can Take the Perfect Adventure-Filled Vacation in Belize

Belize, a Caribbean travel destination full of natural wonders that also happens to have some of the coolest adventure resorts on the planet, from top-flight jungle hotels to luxurious river lodges and just about everything in between, whether you’re seeking […]

Caribbean Photo of the Week: Sunset at Treasure Beach, Jamaica

jamaica photo treasure beach

The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Valerie Jarvis, who sent in this lovely shot of sunset at Frenchman’s Bay in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to with […]

Copa Airlines Is Adding More Nonstop Flights to Trinidad 

trinidad hyatt

Beginning in June, Panama-based Copa Airlines is expanding its flights to the island of Trinidad, Caribbean Journal has learned.  On June 5, Copa will add another three weekly frequencies between Panama City and Port of Spain, meaning a total of […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You