Photo description: Mensen staan in de rij voor de doaune van Saba.

How many airline passengers fly to and from the islands?

In 2022, more than 475 thousand passengers passed through the airports of Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius. This is nearly 64 percent more than in 2021 and 4 percent more than in 2019. The number of aircraft movements to and from these airports was almost 14 percent higher than in 2021.

Air passenger arrivals and departures in the Caribbean Netherlands, 2022* (x 1,000)
Maand Flamingo Airport (Bonaire) F.D. Roosevelt Airport (St Eustatius) Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba)
Jan 31.9 1.2 1.3
Feb 30.8 1.2 1.3
Mar 38.3 1.6 1.8
Apr 39.2 1.7 1.8
May 36.3 1.8 1.7
Jun 32.8 2.1 1.8
Jul 40.9 2.2 2.0
Aug 35.8 2.3 2.1
Sep 31.0 1.9 1.5
Oct 37.1 2.0 2.1
Nov 36.8 2.6 2.0
Dec 40.8 2.3 2.0
* Provisional figures

The highest number of passengers travelling to and from the three airports of the Caribbean Netherlands was recorded in July and December 2022: 45 thousand in both months.

Most passengers flying to and from Bonaire

In 2022, nearly 432 thousand passengers arrived at or departed from Flamingo Airport on Bonaire, i.e. 91 percent of all passengers in the Caribbean Netherlands. For the airports of St Eustatius and Saba, this was 5 and 4 percent respectively.

Flights and passengers in the Caribbean Netherlands relative to 2019 (%)
categorie eiland 2020 2021 2022*
passengers Bonaire, passengers -58.3 -32.4 12.3
passengers St Eustatius , passengers -68.7 -63.8 -46.0
passengers Saba, passengers -70.5 -50.3 -30.7
flights Bonaire, flights -50.5 -36.2 -28.6
flights St Eustatius , flights -53.5 -34.3 -25.9
flights Saba, flights -47.4 -8.7 10.6
* Provisional figures

Sharpest increase in air passenger traffic on Bonaire

Compared to pre-pandemic year 2019, 4 percent more passengers travelled to and from the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands in 2022. These additional passengers all travelled to and from Bonaire, representing an increase of more than 12 percent (from 384 thousand passengers in 2019 to 432 thousand in 2022). Last year, the number of flights to and from Bonaire was far below the level of 2019.

4% more passengers travelled to and from the islands in 2022 compared to pre-pandemic year 2019

More flights to and from Saba

In 2022, the airports of St Eustatius and Saba together recorded over 8.6 thousand aircraft arrivals and departures. This was 44 percent of all flights to and from the Caribbean Netherlands and 16.4 percent more than in 2021. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on Saba was the only one of the three airports in the Caribbean Netherlands where the number of flights increased in 2022 compared to 2019.

Aircraft movements to and from Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba (x 1,000)
luchthaven 2019 2020 2021 2022*
Flamingo Airport (Bonaire) 15.7 7.8 10.0 11.2
F.D. Roosevelt Airport (St Eustatius) 6.4 3.0 4.2 4.7
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba) 3.5 1.9 3.2 3.9
* Provisional figures

Most flights on Saba and St Eustatius to and from St Maarten

In both 2019 and 2022, most flights on Bonaire were to and from Curaçao and Amsterdam: 84 and 78 percent respectively. Most flights on Saba and St Eustatius together were to and from St Maarten (83 percent in 2022).

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