Passenger traffic review 2022

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) is happy to report the AUA Airport’s passenger traffic performance for 2022; passenger flow numbers increased considerably in the last three quarters of the year, showing excellent recovery rates versus the same period in 2019.

The AAA recorded a total amount of revenue-generating passengers (departing passengers) handled in 2022 at 1,207,587, representing a recovery of 95% versus 2019. The departing passenger number in 2022 increased by 38% compared to 2021.

Queen Beatrix International Airport  Queen Beatrix International Airport  Recovery per quarter in 2022

For each quarter in 2022, the passenger traffic numbers per market performed as follows:

During the first quarter of 2022, AAA recovered 77% of departing passengers versus 2019. The remaining quarters of 2022 showed a recovery versus the same period in 2019 of 101%, 102%, and 103%.

Diversifying the US and NON-US markets further in 2022

While the US Market represented 81% of the total departing passengers in 2021, this decreased to 75% at the end of 2022. It is in line with the strategy set forth by AUA airport to diversify the markets served from and to AUA airport as much as possible. It resulted in an increase in the market share of the NON-US Market from 19% in 2021 to 25% in 2022.

New routes and additional frequencies in 2022

In 2022, several airlines either started new operations at AUA Airport or increased their frequencies. Airlines like Jet Air Caribbean and Arajet commenced operations with direct service out of Curacao and Santo Domingo with twice weekly service. Southwest started its new route with direct operations out of Orlando in the USA and Wingo commenced its successful operations out of Medellin, Colombia and added frequencies to and from Bogota in Colombia. Sunclass Airlines restarted its operations out of Stockholm, and Air Canada out of Toronto, Canada.

Flight departure and load factors 2022

Queen Beatrix International Airport  Departing Passengers 2022The total aircraft movements for 2022 stands at 11,597. It entails 22% more than the number of flight departures reported in 2021 and a recovery of 87% versus the number of movements in 2019 for departing flights.

The average reported load factor was 85% in 2019 and in 2022 reached an average load factor of 83%.

Outlook 2023

For 2023, the AUA airport expects to receive approximately 13% more, compared to 2022. The expectation is for the NON-US market share to increase further in  2023, with exploring new airlift opportunities b from those markets. It will launch a  new route out of Europe with British Airways in March of 2023 and explore and develop more opportunities stemming from the Latin American market. AUA Airport is confident that 2023 will be another successful year for the number of handled passengers and aircraft movements.

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