Dubbo City Regional Airport

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Dubbo City Regional Airport
Dubbo City Airport
Dubbo City Airport.jpg
Aerial view of the airport
IATA: DBOICAO: YSDU
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Dubbo City Council
Serves Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
Elevation AMSL 935 ft / 285 m
Coordinates 32°13′00″S 148°34′30″E / 32.21667°S 148.57500°E / -32.21667; 148.57500Coordinates: 32°13′00″S 148°34′30″E / 32.21667°S 148.57500°E / -32.21667; 148.57500
Website www.dubboairport.com.au/
Map
YSDU is located in New South Wales
YSDU
YSDU
Location in New South Wales
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,708 5,604 Asphalt
11/29 1,067 3,501 Asphalt
Statistics (2010-11[1])
Revenue passengers 176,821
Aircraft movements 6,899
Sources: Airservices Australia,[2] BITRE[3]
Departure lounge at Dubbo Airport post refurbishment
Check in area at Dubbo Airport post refurbishment

Dubbo City Regional Airport (IATA: DBO[4]ICAO: YSDU), is a regional airport serving Dubbo, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales.[2] The airport is located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) northwest of Dubbo and is operated by the Dubbo City Council.[2] It is also known as Dubbo Airport or Dubbo City Airport.

History[edit]

Airplanes began landing in Dubbo in the 1920s, though it wasn't until 1935 that land was purchased for an official airport. During World War II, the airport was reconstructed to be a military airport. The airport runway was redone by the Department of Civil Aviation in 1969, and a terminal was opened in 1970. The Dubbo City Council accepted ownership of the airport on 1 July 1970. The airport has been used for scheduled, charter, and freight services since then.[citation needed]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 935 ft (285 m) above sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 05/23 measuring 1,708 m × 45 m (5,604 ft × 148 ft) and 11/29 measuring 1,067 m × 18 m (3,501 ft × 59 ft).[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines Sydney
Regional Express Broken Hill, Sydney

Former airlines[edit]

  • Air Link (Bourke, Cobar, Coonamble, Lightning Ridge, Sydney, Walgett) - Air Link ceased to run scheduled services in 2009. It is now a charter airline now owned by Regional Express.
  • Ansett Australia (Sydney) - Airline went bankrupt in 2002.
  • Hazelton / Kendell (Sydney, Broken Hill, Orange, Gold Coast, Brisbane)

Incidents[edit]

  • At Dubbo Airport there is a concern of animal and bird strikes. There has been an accident near the airport in July 2009 where a small aerobatic plane crash landed in a paddock near the airport.[citation needed]
  • In April 2010, it was found that the PIN to access the secure areas of the airport such as the tarmac was taped to the gate above the keypad. This was deemed "not acceptable" by Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese. Despite this security breach, the airport managed to pass a security audit in 2009.[5]

Controversy[edit]

In February 2013, Dubbo City Council (DCC) announced that it would screen all passengers and bags boarding Regional Express and QantasLink aircraft, after QantasLink announced it would introduce the Dash-8 Q400 to the route.[6] DCC would also charge Regional Express (REX) more than A$300,000 per year for the screening, which REX sees as subsiding QantasLink, after DCC claimed to the Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, that it is required under the Air Transport Safety Regulations (ATSR) and that it is inflexible.[6][7][8] REX hit back at the claims that screening was necessary, pointing out that Albury and Wagga Wagga Airports allow parallel departures under the ATSR and at Mildura, passengers are screened at no extra cost.[8][9] REX lodged an official complaint against DCC with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over the screening charge.[10]

The Mayor of Dubbo, Mathew Dickerson, stated that the council wouldn't back down on the screenings and also stating that "I don't want to be the mayor when a Dubbo plane hits the Harbour Bridge because passengers were not screened".[11] REX announced that would refuse to pay any security screening costs and is planning to re-deploy aircraft used on the Dubbo - Sydney route.

On 14 March 2013, REX announced that it could cut the weekly services, in response to DCC decision to charge for screening, on the Dubbo - Sydney route from 82 to 73 flights from April 2013 and re-deploying its Dubbo - Sydney aircraft for the Wagga Wagga to Sydney route.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Dubbo Airport was ranked 36th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Dubbo[3]
Year[1] Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
104,197(-15.8%)
8,686(-8.2)
2002-03
107,576(+3.2%)
8,916(+2.6%)
2003-04
128,560(+19.5%)
10,236(+14.8%)
2004-05
152,943(+19.0%)
10,550(+3.1%)
2005-06
155,805(+1.9%)
10,826(+2.6%)
2006-07
171,026(+9.8%)
10,294(-4.9%)
2007-08
189,883(+11.0%)
9,470(-8.0%)
2008-09
173,032(-8.9%)
7,397(-21.9%)
2009-10
171,339(-1.0%)
6,627(-10.4%)
2010-11
176,821(+3.2)
6,899(+4.1)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b c d YSDU – DUBBO (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014
  3. ^ a b c "Airport Traffic Data 1985-86 to 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  4. ^ "Dubbo Airport (DBO / YSDU)". Aviation Safety Network. 
  5. ^ Alison Rehn and David Barrett (10 April 2010). "Dubbo airport PIN taped to security gate". The Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ a b Clutterbuck, Angela (7 February 2013). "Rex angst over airport screenings". The Daily Liberal. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Calls to relax airport security". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 13 February 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Dubbo City Council reportedly lied to NSW Deputy Premier". 14 February 2013. Regional Express. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Clutterbuck, Angela (7 February 2013). "It’s ‘fairly simple’ to run parallel departure systems: Rex". The Daily Liberal. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "REX complains to ACCC over Dubbo airport plan". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 25 February 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Saad, Abanob (20 February 2013). "Security stoush". The Daily Liberal. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "REX Redeploys Dubbo Services". Regional Express. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 

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