Cairns International Airport is an Australian domestic and international airport in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. It is operated by the Cairns Port Authority and is the sixth busiest airport in Australia. The airport is located north of the Cairns central business district in the suburb of Aeroglen. The airport lies between Mount Whitfield to the west and Trinity Bay to the east.
The airport serves international, domestic and general aviation flights including a number of helicopter operators. Flights are operated to major Australian cities and tourist destinations, regional communities in Far North Queensland, and a number of international destinations in the Asia-Pacific region with connections to the rest of the world. The airport formed the main base for Australian Airlines prior to its ceasing of operations in June 2006 (the airport remains a major port for parent company Qantas). It is also a base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and the search and rescue helicopters of the State Emergency Service.
|Rank||Airport||Passengers handled (thousands)||% Change|
|1||Brisbane Airport||1 195.0||0.0|
The airport’s main north-south runway is long. A smaller runway, used for general aviation, lies to the east; its final approach crosses the main runway. The final approach to the main south-facing runway is located directly overhead Cairns' northern beach suburbs. The flight path to the south is located directly over the Cairns Esplanade.
The airport is located approximately 6 kilometres north from Cairns Central Shopping Centre and is situated on Airport Way off Sheridan Street (Captain Cook Highway). Rental Cars are located at the domestic terminal in the QantasLink arrival lounge, while bus shuttles to Cairns, and Port Douglas depart hourly. Taxis are also available 24 hours a day and cost around $15 to the city centre.
|Aero-Tropics Air Services||Bamaga||Domestic|
|Air New Zealand||Auckland||International|
|Air Niugini||Moro, Port Moresby, Tabubil||International|
|Airlines PNG||Lihir Island, Mt Hagen, Port Moresby||International|
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong||International|
|Macair Airlines||Burketown, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Edward River, Kowanyama, Mornington Island, Mt Isa, Normanton, Pormpuraaw||International|
|Qantas (Domestic)|| Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney ||Domestic|
| Qantas (International) || Brisbane, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita [ends December 2008 ] ||International|
|Regional Pacific Airlines||Bamaga||Domestic|
|Skytrans Airlines||Aurukun Mission, Coen, Cooktown, Karumba, Lockhart River, Palm Island, Townsville||Domestic|
|Vincent Aviation||Groote Eylandt|
|Virgin Blue||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney||Domestic|