Aruba Airport Authority (AAA) has awarded a design consultancy contract to NACO, part of Royal HaskoningDHV, for the redevelopment and expansion of Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix which is currently at full capacity handling 2.6 million passengers a year.
The project will increase the airport’s capacity and is valued at some $200 million with construction starting in 2018.
NACO will provide overall design and development services for the airport’s expansion and redevelopment. As lead consultant the organization will head the design and tender process which are expected to be carried out over the next four years.
The project, Gateway 2030, is the first major increase in airport capacity since 2000. Currently operating at full capacity, passenger traffic of the airport, that has won awards in the last years, such as Routes Americas and the Airport Service Quality Award, has nearly tripled in recent years.
The centerpiece of the redevelopment project will be the new and expanded check-in facilities, baggage system and upgrades of the screening process to full EDS TSA standards for US bound passengers. The new baggage system will also include a full sortation capability allowing non-US bound flights to check-in with US bound flights, thus improving efficiency and utilization of the airport’s capacity. With these new facilities, passengers will experience shorter queuing times and improved service levels during peak check-in times.
To minimize the airport’s footprint on the environment, the project has been registered for a LEED Silver accreditation. This entails design features including green energy produced by solar panels. The design team will incorporate an automated building management system for lighting and cooling based on the occupancy. A solar study will determine the build-up of facades and roofs to avoid solar gain while maximizing day light for a pleasant passenger experience.
Gateway 2030 is designed to address the airport’s capacity constraints, customer experience and sustainability in order to set the airport on a path of continued growth for the decades ahead. During the period 2017-2020 AAA is planning to invest a total of USD 300 million.
Once completed, passengers will also benefit from three additional contact gates and two bus gates allowing for quicker passenger handling to and from aircraft, a broader selection of retail and food & beverage outlets, improved passenger circulation space and amenities.