Whitsunday Coast Airport is located approximately 10 km south of Proserpine, Queensland, Australia. Major airlines refer to the airport as Whitsunday Coast which often causes confusion as it is not situated close to the coast. Today, the airport's main function is to provide transportation to the tourists who visit the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and the towns of Proserpine and Bowen.
Saturday, November 3rd 1951 saw the arrival of the first passenger service to Proserpine. It was a flight from Brisbane in a DC3 aircraft, the only aircraft that could land on the then unsealed strip.
Proserpine was previously Class D controlled airspace, however when the air traffic control tower was demolished due to financial cutbacks it was forced to become class G (uncontrolled MBZ on frequency 126.7)
In the past years, there has been an upheaval about the status of the airport as the nearby Laguna Quays development has submitted proposals for an international airport. Despite initial construction of a 3km bitumen runway, the airport is in doubt due to legal action from the Proserpine community and council, who support an upgrade to Proserpine Airport. As a result, the Queensland Government has been forced to execute a lengthy exercise to call for tenders and proposals for the upgrade of either airport, in order to achieve the best tourism outcome for the region.
In response to the rising cost of oil, Jetstar and Virgin Blue have both be axed their Sydney-Whitsunday Coast services. The only services that remain are Brisbane-Whitsunday Coast operated by both airlines.