Gateway 2030 Phase 1A

April 15, 2021

AUA Airport is ready to add the next chapter to its history:

Gateway 2030 phase 1A can now officially commence

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA), is about to start its major redevelopment project “Gateway 2030” designed to address some of Queen Beatrix International Airport’s (AUA Airport) capacity constraints, customer experience, and sustainability. It was COVID that forced AUA Airport to start rethinking the execution mode of this ambitious project in the beginning of 2020.

AAA’s management under the supervision of the Supervisory Board decided to continue with the execution of and investment in the Gateway 2030 project, regardless the COVID crisis. The improvement of the vital airport infrastructure will be a long-term asset. The COVID crisis, being a hard hit for Aruba, will be a temporary phenomenon. However, it has been decided that in the execution a phased approach will be followed. A phased approach will help to better control and manage the execution and will give the opportunity to embed new insights in next phases during this multiyear project. Today, AAA publicly announces that the execution of the first phase will start, the so-called Gateway 2030 Phase 1A.

The Gateway Phase 1A will consist of:

  1. The construction of a new baggage hall.
  2. The implementation of a new baggage handling system.
  3. The expansion of the US Check in hall, accompanied by
  4. The necessary airside and landside connections.

To support the Aruban economy in the best possible way it has been decided to execute this phase 100% locally. This means that a project venture of five Aruban contractors will jointly execute this first phase of Gateway 2030.  A project venture of Albo Aruba NV, Bohama Aruba NV, Arubaanse Wegenbouw Maatschappij (AWM), Croon Caribe and CHS Technical Contracting and Trading Company N.V. has been selected to do the job and will work under the name ABC Project Venture.

“Gateway 2030 Phase 1A will make use of the latest technology and innovation to ultimately benefit our passengers, making their journey much faster, seamless and hassle-free. The use of biometric and self-service equipment in the check-in hall, paired with a ‘best in class’ baggage handling system will provide significant efficiency gains to the airport operations, all while adhering to the highest levels of safety, security and sustainability.” said Mr. Shensly Tromp, AAA Director of Development & Technology

The objectives of Phase 1A include:

  1. A touchless and seamless process at check-in.
  2. No need to recollect any baggage on the way to US Pre-clearance.
  3. Secondary screening will take place only for Selectee screening.
  4. Tail-to-Tail transfers: This will allow airlines to further reduce the connection times at their respective hubs.
  5. LEED Gold certification Phase 1A will ensure that the project is constructed and operated in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

“During times of crisis it is essential that the government and companies continue to invest in the local economy. With the start of the Gateway 2030 project phase 1A, an investment of 140 million USD will be made, and it will generate more than 200 jobs which is much needed during these hard times. Despite the many challenges this project will continue, and Aruba will have one of the best airports in the region,” said Aruba’s Minister of Tourism Dangui Oduber.

“As well-established companies on Aruba we are very proud and grateful to be part of this project. Teamwork between AAA, our partners and many other involved stakeholders made it possible for us to be where we are today.

With the combined resources, local expertise and know-how of the ABC Project Venture partners, we can take on this challenging project. Not only will this project contribute to the continuity of our businesses, but will simultaneously create opportunities for many other subcontractors and suppliers and stimulate Aruba’s economy. With the realization of this project we will achieve another milestone on Aruba” said Gerco Rijkers representative of the ABC Project Venture.

Timeline for the Gateway 2030 Phase 1A will be a groundbreaking in June of 2021. The first milestone will be reached in February 2023 where the Baggage Handling Building will be completed. The second milestone will follow in August of that same year (2023) when the completion of the check-in hall and the civil works will be completed. The complete Phase 1A project is set to be handed over by the ABC project Venture to AUA Airport in July of 2024.

“In the end it all boils down to two of AAA’s strategic ambitions, namely contributing to the Aruban community and being the leading innovative airport in the Caribbean. Gateway 2030 Phase 1A with its economic spin off, a LEED Gold ambition and its state-of-the-art baggage handling system is a perfect example of how we give substance to these ambitions. The planning and designing phase is complete, it’s time to execute our ambitions. We are excited to make history together!” said AAA CEO Joost Meijs.


Aeropuerto di Aruba ta cla pa agrega e siguiente capitulo na su historia:

Fase 1A di Gateway 2030 por cuminsa oficialmente?

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA), ta cla pa bai cuminsa cu su proyecto grandi di reconstruccion “Gateway 2030” diseña pa yuda cu e limitacionnan den capacidad, e experiencia di pasahero y e sostenibilidad cu Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix (Aeropuerto di Aruba) tin actualmente. COVID a forsa Aeropuerto di Aruba pa pensa di nobo riba e forma di ehecucion di e proyecto ambicioso aki na comienso di aña 2020.

Maneho di AAA bou di supervision di e Hunta di Supervision a dicidi di continua cu e ehecucion y inversion den Gateway 2030, aunke cu nos ta pasando den e crisis di COVID. E mehoracion di e infrastructura di aeropuerto lo duna su resultado pa un largo plaso. E crisis di COVID, aunke e ta un golpi fuerte pa Aruba, lo ta un fenomeno temporario. Mirando esaki, a dicidi cu e ehecucion di e proyecto lo bai den fase. Door di traha den fase lo yuda controla y maneha e ehecucion mihor y lo duna e oportunidad pa inlcui ideanan nobo den e siguiente fasenan di e proyecto cu lo dura varios aña. Awe, AAA ta anuncia publicamente cu e ehecucion di e prome fase lo cuminsa, e asina yama Fase 1A di Gateway 2030.

E Fase 1A di Gateway lo consisti di:

  1. E construccion di un “baggage hall” nobo.
  2. E implementacion di un “baggage handling system” nobo.
  3. E expansion di e “check in hall” Mericano, acompaña pa
  4. E coneccionnan necesario riba “airside” y “landside”.

Pa duna apoyo na e economia di Aruba di e mihor forma a keda dicidi cu lo ehecuta e fase aki 100% localmente. Esaki ta nifica cu un “project venture” di 5 contratista Arubiano conhuntamente lo ehecuta e prome fase di Gateway 2030. E project venture consistiendo di Albo Aruba NV, Bohama Aruba NV, Arubaanse Wegenbouw Maatschappij (AWM), Croon Caribe y CHS Technical Contracting and Trading Company N.V. a keda selecta pa haci e trabou y lo traha hunto bou di e nomber “ABC Project Venture”.

“Gateway 2030 Fase 1A lo haci uso di e ultimo den tecnologia y inovacion pa na final beneficia nos pasaheronan, haciendo nan experiencia mas liher y sin causa stress. E uso di ekipo biometrico y “self-service” den e check-in hall, acompaña cu e mihor sistema di “baggage handling” lo brinda un eficiencia significante na e operacion di aeropuerto, mientras cu ta mantene su mes na e nivelnan mas halto di safety, seguridad y sostenibilidad,” asina Sr. Shensly Tromp, AAA su Director of Development & Technology a comenta.

E obhetivonan di Fase 1A ta inclui:

  1. Un proceso “sin contacto” y facil na check-in.
  2. No lo ta necesario pa bolbe piki maleta ora di pasa pa US Pre-clearance.
  3. E screening di seguridad secundario lo bira solamente pa esnan cu wordo selecta.
  4. Transferencia “Tail-to-Tail”: Esaki lo permiti aerolineanan pa sigui reduci e tempo di haci coneccion na nan hubs.
  5. E “LEED Gold certification” pa Fase 1A lo percura pa e proyecto ta construi y opera den un manera sostenibel y bon pa nos medio ambiente.

“Durante tempo di crisis e ta esencial pa Gobierno y companianan sigui inverti den e economia local. Cu e comienso di e Fase 1A di e proyecto Gateway 2030, un inversion di 140 miyon dollar lo wordo haci, y lo genera mas di 200 empleo cu ta hopi necesario durante e temponan dificil cu nos ta pasando aden. Obstante e diferente retonan, e proyecto aki lo continua y Aruba lo tin un di e mihor aeropuertonan den e region,” segun Aruba su Minister di Turismo Dangui Oduber.

“Como companianan bon estableci na Aruba, nos ta hopi orguyoso y agradecido pa ta parti di e proyecto aki. Teamwork entre AAA, nos partnernan y otro stakeholdernan envolvi a haci posibel pa nos ta unda nos ta para awe. Cu e recursonan combina, experticio local y conocemento di e partnernan di e ABC Project Venture, nos lo por ehecuta e proyecto aki. E proyecto aki no solamente lo contribui na e continuacion di nos negoshinan, pero na mes momento lo crea oportunidad pa varios otro “subcontractors” y “suppliers” y tambe lo stimula Aruba su economia. Cu e realisacion di e proyecto aki nos lo alcansa un otro milestone na Aruba” segun Gerco Rijkers representante di ABC Project Venture.

Segun e planning di Fase 1A di Gateway 2030, lo tin e groundbreaking na Juni di 2021. E prome milestone lo wordo alcansa na Februari 2023 ora e edificio di e Baggage Handling lo keda completa. E di dos milestone lo wordo alcansa na Augustus di e mesun aña (2023) ora e check-in hall keda cla y e trabounan civil tambe keda finalisa. Fase 1A completo lo wordo entrega door di ABC Project Venture na Aeropuerto di Aruba na Juli 2024.

“Na final di dia e meta ta sali for di 2 di AAA su ambicionnan strategico pa contribui na e comunidad di Aruba y pa ta e Aeropuerto mas inovativo den Caribe. Fase 1A di Gateway 2030 cu su “spin off” economico, e ambicion pa logra e certificacion LEED Gold y e sistema di baggage handling “state-of-the-art” ta un ehempel perfecto di con nos ta duna substancia na e ambicionnan aki. E fase di planificacion y diseño ta finalisa, awo ta momento pa ehecuta nos ambicionnan. Nos ta ansioso pa marca historia hunto!” segun CEO di AAA Joost Meijs.