|IATA: CNS – ICAO: YBCS|
|Operator||North Queensland Airports Group|
|Elevation AMSL||10 ft / 3 m|
|Source: AIP Enroute Supplement|
Cairns Airport (IATA: CNS, ICAO: YBCS) is an Australian domestic and international airport in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Formerly operated by the Cairns Port Authority, the airport was sold by the Queensland Government in December 2008 to a private consortium. It is the seventh busiest airport in Australia. The airport is located 7 kilometres (4 miles) 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. The airport is currently being extended and renovated to a new modern design.
Cairns Airport goes back to 1928 when Tom McDonald started flying his Gypsy Moth off a sand ridge near the present airport. He could only land and take off between high tides. During one emergency, Tom was forced to take off from beer barrels
During World War II the Australian Government bought the airport for use by the Royal Australian Air Force. The Main runway was hard surfaced and made longer for the RAAF aircraft. It was also used by the American Air Force as a transport base, with the 33d Troop Carrier Squadron (374th Troop Carrier Group) operating from the base during 1942.
In September 2001, Ansett Australia suffered financial collapse and went into administration. Subsequently it ceased all services after 66 years of operations. Apart from a one-off flight, it never recommenced services to Cairns. In 2002, its terminal interests were sold back to the Cairns Port Authority who leased it to Virgin Blue (from 2002), and to Jetstar (from 2004). As of 2009, the former Golden Wing Lounge still remains, and is being temporarily used by Qantas as an interim Qantas Club, while a replacement lounge is being constructed as part of the greater terminal re-development. Some remanant Ansett features can still be seen in there.
The airport has two passenger terminals located on the eastern side on reclaimed mangrove swamp. The terminals are in two separate buildings 200 metres (656 feet) from one another. The air traffic control tower is also located in this area. The general aviation area is on the western side of the airport adjacent to the Captain Cook Highway.
Qantas up until the redevelopment, utilised the Southern end of the domestic terminal. A new Qantas Club lounge is currently under construction, and in the interim Qantas are utilising the former Ansett Australia Golden Wing lounge as a temporary Qantas Club. Both Virgin Blue and Jetstar utilise the Northern (former Ansett) end of the Domestic terminal. The whole terminal is undergoing a $200 million redevelopment. Work started in August 2007 and is expected to be finished by late 2010. Current work is focused on redevelopment of the departure lounge. Check-in facilities will all be expanded into a common-user facility for all airlines, and the building enlarged. Five new airbridges will replace the existing three old airbridges at Gate 18, 19 and 20.
The International Terminal currently has six airbridges.
The airport’s main north-south runway is 3,196 m (10,486 ft) long. A smaller 925 m (3,035 ft) 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 Avenue off Sheridan Street (Captain Cook Highway). Rental Cars are located at the domestic terminal in the temporary arrivals lounge, while bus shuttles to Cairns and Port Douglas depart hourly. Taxis are also available 24 hours a day and cost around $12 to the city centre.
|Aero-Tropics Air Services||Bamaga||Domestic|
|Airfast Indonesia||Timika||International MD-88|
|Air New Zealand||Auckland||International B767-300, A320-200|
|Air Niugini||Moro, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Tabubil||International F100, DASH 8 200/300|
|Airlines PNG||Lihir Island, Mt Hagen, Port Moresby||International DASH 8 100|
|Alliance Airlines||Cloncurry, Groote Eylandt, Sydney, Townsville, Trepell||Domestic F100|
|Alliance Airlines||Alotau, Port Moresby (Begins May 1) ,||International F100|
|Asia Pacific Airlines||Tabubil||International|
|Australian air Express||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney||Cargo B737-300F|
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong1||International A330-300|
|Continental Airlines operated by Continental Micronesia||Guam||International B737-800, 767-400|
|HeavyLift Cargo Airlines||Honiara, Port Moresby||Cargo B727-200F|
|Hinterland Aviation||Dunk island, Lizard island||Domestic|
|Hinterland Aviation||Daru, Tabubil||International|
|Jetstar Airways||Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney||Domestic A320-200, A321-200, A330-200|
|Jetstar Airways||Darwin, Gold Coast, Osaka-Kansai (Begins April 1), Singapore, Tokyo-Narita, Sydney (Begins April 2)||International A321-200, A330-200|
|Qantas||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney||Domestic B737-400, B737-800, B767-300, A330-300, A330-200, B747-400|
|Qantas||Hong Kong (Seasonal)||International A330-200, A330-300|
|QantasLink||Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Brisbane, Cloncurry(charter), Darwin, Gladstone, Gove, Hamilton Island, Horn Island, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Weipa||Domestic DASH 8 200/300/Q400, B717-200, B737-400|
|QantasLink||Port Moresby (Begins July 1) ||International DASH 8 Q400|
|Regional Pacific Airlines||Bamaga, Mount Isa||Domestic EMB 120|
|Skytrans Airlines||Aurukun Mission, Coen, Cooktown, Bamanga, Karumba, Lockhart River, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Normanton, Edward River, Kowanyama, Burketown, Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Palm Island, Townsville||Domestic|
|Skytrans Airlines||Port Moresby||International DASH 8 100|
|Vincent Aviation||Bathurst Island, Darwin, Groote Eylandt||Domestic|
|Vincent Aviation||Port Moresby||International|
|Virgin Blue||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville ||Domestic ERJ190, ERJ170, B737-700, B737-800|
|Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue||Auckland [Begins March 23] ||International B737-800|
^1 Selected Cathay Pacific services from Cairns to Hong Kong (and vice versa) stop in Brisbane. However, this airline does not convey domestic passengers.
|2008||3,856,418||(2,963,540 domestic and 892,878 international).|
|Rank||Airport||Passengers handled||% Change|
|1||Narita International Airport||224,588||▼4.9|
|2||Jacksons International Airport||62,795||▲7.9|
|3||Singapore Changi Airport||61,879||▼6.4|
|4||Hong Kong International Airport||56,010||▲8.6|
|6||Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport||22,980||▼0.6|
|Rank||Airport||Freight handled||% Change|
|1||Hong Kong International Airport||2,984.0||▲13.1|
|2||Singapore Changi Airport||811.4||▲0.2|
ranks are located near both the International and Domestic Terminals. Black & White Taxi ranks are located immediately outside the International and Domestic Terminals.
Airport shuttle bus services to hotels, city centre, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation are available.
Short-term and long-term parking and parking for people with a disability are located within the public carparks adjacent to both the Domestic and International Terminals. The public carparks are fully-automated and operate 24 hours per day. They are run by Wilson Parking.