Sunshine Coast Airport, or Maroochydore Airport is an Australian airport serving Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It is the gateway to holiday destinations such as Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba & Caloundra. There are direct daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne, with frequent connecting flights to both domestic and international ports.
The Sunshine Coast Airport situated at Marcoola, 10km north of Maroochydore, and is owned, operated, managed and developed by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, which assumed the powers of the former Shire of Maroochy. It is the principal airport for the Sunshine Coast and is the only airport in this region capable of servicing jet aircraft operations.
The Airport supports a number of regular public transport services (with Boeing, Airbus A320 aircraft) and a variety of general aviation activities. These activities are in keeping with the increasing demands of tourism, passenger traffic, general aviation, commercial development opportunities and flight training (Aero Dynamic Flight Academy) .
The Airport handles aircraft movements of around 70,000 per annum, has a capacity of 850,000 passenger movements per annum and a projected revenue for 2004/05 of AUD$8.8 million.
The Airport has one terminal. It has one-storey and thus there are no aerobridges, and passengers must take a short walk on the tarmac to reach their aircraft.
The terminal is modern and of high-quality for a regional airport. Each of the three airlines operating have dedicated check-in desks, there are two baggage carousels, TV monitors, a taxi rank, shuttle bus services, and hire-car desks. The departure lounge is fairly large, with seating available for about 300 people.
The airport has two runways one is only used for general aviation and the other runway handles both general aviation and airliners. the main runway 18/36 which handles the jets is fairly short for a jet runway (5,916 ft long) and is also very narrow.
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