Ayers Rock Airport (also known as Connellan Airport) is situated around 463 km (5 hrs drive) away from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, and 20 minutes drive from Uluru (Ayers Rock) itself. An average of 400,000 passenger movements per year pass through this airport in the middle of Australia.
On the 6th of August, 2000, at 8:41am AEST, an Ansett
Airbus A320-211, arrived from Auckland International Airport
, New Zealand
, carrying the Sydney Olympic Torch for its inaugural Australian leg. From there, the torch was taken for a run around Ayers Rock, followed by a formal reception.
Ayers Rock Airport has one main terminal for scheduled flights which contains: Check-in, Customs Baggage Screening, a single Baggage collection conveyor belt, a National Geographic shop, vending machines
, Toilets, Departure and Arrival areas, Bus bays and Short term parking.
The largest aircraft that Ayers Rock Airport caters for is Boeing 737-800s operated by Qantas. QantasLink operate a number of Boeing 717-200s in and out of the airport.
The runway at Ayers Rock Airport is 30 metres wide and 2599 metres long. It has a simple, single stage lighting system and TVASIS.
Airlines and destinations
Passenger airlines operating in Ayers Rock/Uluru Airport
| Qantas || Sydney |
- Alice Springs, Cairns, Perth
In addition, there are a wide number of scenic flights that are offered by different private charters.
Qantas operates Boeing 737-400/800's, while Qantaslink operates Boeing 717-200's in and out of Ayers Rock Airport. All Qantaslink services are operated by National Jet Systems.
It is also speculated that Virgin Blue will fly here using their new Embraer E-Jets although nothing, as of January 2008, has been confirmed.
The main user of the airport are light aircraft- either charter, scenic flights or private owned aircraft.