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Aruba Airlines: Cheap Flights

Aruba Airlines is the only airline that is headquartered in Aruba.  Although founded on paper in 2006, when Air Aruba failed, Aruba Airlines only began operations in 2013.  It provides scheduled flights for passengers and charter flights.  Headquartered in Oranjestad, Aruba, it has a secondary hub in Miami and flies to 13 destinations.

Aruba Airlines’ only destination in the continental United States is Miami, Florida.

Aruba Airlines Destinations

  • Bonaire, a Lesser Antilles Island: flights Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Curaçao, a Lesser Antilles island: flights daily
  • Cuba: flights can be chartered to four different destinations in Cuba
  • Miami, FL: flights daily
  • Maracaibo, Venezuela: flights daily
  • Valencia, Trinidad and Tobago: flights daily

 

Aruba Airlines Hubs

  • Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), in Oranjestad, Aruba.  This airport has US Border Pre-clearance facilities.  This means that passengers can go through US Immigration and Customs, Public Health and Agriculture before boarding a flight.  Not only does this streamline the process when these passengers deplane in the United States, it also allows passengers to deal with problems before they board the airplane, which is certainly better than being stuck in a detention center in a US airport.  Note that even US citizens returning to the United States from Aruba must use the US Border Pre-clearance facilities, but this will save them time after they arrive. On the other hand, passing through Pre-clearance adds to the time you need to be in the airport before departure. Make sure you allow for this, especially during busy travel periods.
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), located in Miami, Florida in the United States.  The Miami Airport is the primary gateway for passengers wishing to travel from the United States to Latin America and especially the Caribbean and West Indies islands.  Aruba Airlines uses Concourse E in the Central (Yellow) Terminal.

Aruba Airlines Fleet: Small but growing

Aruba Airlines currently has five planes: an Airbus A319-100, two Airbuses 320-200, and two Bombardier DRJ200.  In 2018 they plan to add at least four more aircraft to their fleet.

Aruba Airlines: Discounts

Aruba Airlines serves the region of the Lesser Antilles and beyond, providing flights considered excellent, at 20% less than what passengers pay on other flights for the same route.

Some passengers report receiving discounts when they call and book instead of booking just online.

Aruba Airlines has no frequent flyer program.

Aruba Airlines: How to Book, Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees

Aruba Airlines: How to Book

  • Reservations can be made via the website or by phone.
  • Reservations should be via the Call Centre if you have special needs, such as a disability or are traveling with a pet.
  • You can also ask questions by chatting online.
  • A reservation is confirmed when you have a confirmation number for your ticket.

Aruba Airlines: How to Check In

Check in at the counter usually starts four hours before departure time.

Taxes, paid in cash at the counter, may be due at the airport before you depart.  Make sure you have enough cash with you (preferably in US dollars) or you may encounter difficulties.  Amounts include:

  • From Curacao – the amount will be determined at the airport
  • From Aruba – the amount is $34.25 per passenger, unless you are a passenger who departed from Miami with Venezuela as your final destination.
  • From Maracaibo – the amount will be determined at the airport.
  • From Miami (Concourse E) - $80 if your ticket was purchased with Venezuelan currency.
  • From Valencia – the amount will be determined at the airport

Passengers are accustomed to flight delays, but Aruba Airlines flights, although they experience their share of delays, occasionally leave early.  This is not done just when they know that all passengers are on board, and so the plane might as well take off.  No, flights are sometimes rescheduled up to as much as two hours earlier, possibly because of weather or opportunities for an easier chance to land at the destination.  This is one reason it is highly recommended that passengers consider arriving 3 to 4 hours before the departure to an international destination.

Check in closes 30 minutes before departure.  At 45 minutes before departure, if you have not checked in, Aruba Airlines may choose to reassign your seat to someone else.

Aruba Airlines: Seating and Legroom

  • All seats are economy.
  • Seats are 18 inches wide and the seat pitch is generally 31 inches, with more legroom in the emergency exit rows.
  • You can reserve a particular seat before departure. In certain situations, however, Aruba Airlines may reseat you in a different seat.

Aruba Airlines: Baggage Allowance and Fees

Aruba Airlines Carry-on Baggage Policy

  • Each passenger is permitted, at no additional charge, one carry-on bag weighing no more than 17 pounds (8 kilograms). The maximum size of each bag is 9 in x 15.5 in x 21.5 in (23 cm x 40 cm x 25.1 cm), wheels included.
  • Aruba Airlines recommends that valuable items, such as travel documents, medication, money, jewelry and all important papers, be kept in your carry-on bag and not checked.

Aruba Airlines Checked Baggage Policy, for flights to Curaçao and to Bonaire:

  • Each passenger may check one bag for free, up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms), with dimensions no greater than 62 inches, wheels and handles included
  • An extra bag with the same weight and size limitations is permitted at a cost of $50. Each passenger may check one extra bag.
  • Checking a bicycle for transport costs $50 each. Each passenger may check two bicycles.

Aruba Airlines Checked Baggage Policy, for flights to Miami, Aruba and Venezuela:

  • Each passenger may check two bags for free, up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms) each, with dimensions no greater than 62 inches, wheels and handles included
  • An extra bag with the same weight and size limitations is permitted at a cost of $75 each. Each passenger may check two extra bags.

 Aruba Airlines and Sporting Equipment

Passengers may wish to bring along golf clubs, surfboards or other sporting equipment in order to enjoy themselves on their vacations.  Sporting equipment that does not meet the limitations for baggage with respect to size and weight may either incur extra charges; Aruba Airlines may even refuse to transport it.  It’s best to check in advance and make sure they have room and can transport your equipment.

Aruba Airlines: Service on Board

Aruba Airlines usually provides complimentary beverages on flights of longer duration.

If you expect to be hungry, you may wish to bring your own food.

If you wish to consume alcohol on board, you may only consume what is served by Aruba Airlines.  Even if you have bought some duty-free alcohol, these bottles must remain unopened.

Aruba Airlines: Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service guidelines and Special Situations

  • Expectant mothers may travel on Aruba Airlines up to their 27th week as long as they have certification from a doctor that they are fit to fly. Aruba Airlines does not allow expectant mothers to fly after their 27th week of pregnancy, not even with a certificate from a doctor.
  • A passenger under 14 must be accompanied by another passenger aged 16 or older. The reservations must be made simultaneously.
  • If you wish to travel with an infant on your lap, contact reservations to arrange this.
  • If you have a disability that requires special assistance, contact reservations in advance to alert Aruba Airlines so that they can accommodate you.
  • Aruba Airlines offers Unaccompanied Minor Service in certain circumstances.  Contact reservations for more details

Aruba Airlines: Pet Policy

Passengers traveling to Aruba, Venezuela or Panama may not transport pets from Venezuela, Panama, Cuba, Haiti or the Dominican Republic.  This rule applies to both people traveling on holiday and people making permanent moves.

Exception: Passengers traveling from the Netherlands, Bonaire, Aruba, Curaçao, Panama, Venezuela or the United States may travel with a pet as long as they have documentation (a valid health certificate) for that pet where the certificate comes from the Netherlands or the United States.

Small dogs and cats may be transported in the cabin but this may not be true for every flight. In order to do this you must check with reservations and pay for the transportation of the animal.

Contact reservations for more details regarding traveling with your pet or a service animal.

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