Gove Airport

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Gove Airport
Gove Airport terminal main entrance.jpg
Main terminal entrance (2002)
IATA: GOVICAO: YPGV
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Nhulunbuy Corporation
Serves Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia
Location Nhulunbuy
Elevation AMSL 205 ft / 62 m
Coordinates 12°16′12″S 136°49′06″E / 12.27000°S 136.81833°E / -12.27000; 136.81833Coordinates: 12°16′12″S 136°49′06″E / 12.27000°S 136.81833°E / -12.27000; 136.81833
Map
YPGV is located in Northern Territory
YPGV
YPGV
Location in the Northern Territory
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,208 7,244 Asphalt
Statistics (2010-11[1])
Revenue passengers 108,067
Aircraft movements 2,702
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2]
Passenger and aircraft movements from the BITRE[3]
A decommissioned hangar and control tower (2002)

Gove Airport (IATA: GOV[4]ICAO: YPGV) is on the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia. It services the mining town of Nhulunbuy and several Aboriginal communities including Yirrkala. The airport is located 5.8 nautical miles (10.7 km; 6.7 mi) south southeast[2] of the Nhulunbuy town centre, on Melville Road.[5] It is operated by the Nhulunbuy Corporation.[2]

The township is serviced by a twice daily Boeing 717 QantasLink service and ten AirNorth services a week.

History[edit]

The airport was originally the location of Airfield Gove during World War II.

Gove Airport is located on the site of the former RAAF Base Gove.[6] This World War II airbase was built in 1943 and named for Pilot Officer William Gove who was killed in action.[7] During the war, the airfield was used by No. 83 Squadron RAAF flying CAC Boomerangs and No. 13 Squadron RAAF flying Lockheed Venturas, with No. 42 Squadron RAAF operating PBY Catalina flying boats out of nearby Drimmie Head. At the height of operations, over 5,000 servicemen were stationed at the base.[7] The base closed in early 1946.

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 205 ft (62 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 13/31 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,208 m × 45 m (7,244 ft × 148 ft).[2]

A new terminal building was completed in 2005, providing an air-conditioned departure lounge and indoor baggage collection.[8][9][10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airnorth Cairns, Darwin, Groote Eylandt
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Laynha Air

All flights are met by a shuttle bus connecting to Nhulunbuy.[11]

Statistics[edit]

Gove Airport was ranked 42nd in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[1][3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Gove[3]
Year Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
107,483
4,135
2002-03
106,009
3,982
2003-04
94,394
4,369
2004-05
102,154
4,144
2005-06
108,198
3,765
2006-07
121,126
3,122
2007-08
130,737
3,191
2008-09
125,147
3,196
2009-10
104,085
2,954
2010-11
108,067
2,702

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b c d YPGV – Gove (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  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. ^ "Gove Airport (GOV / YPGV)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Airport Guide: Gove (Nhulunbuy) Airport". Qantas. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "RAAF Base Gove". RAAF Museum. 
  7. ^ a b "Gove". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. 
  8. ^ [dead link]"Gove Airport". Territory Business Channel. 22 October 2003. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  9. ^ "New Gove Airport". Tourism Australia. 21 March 2005. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  10. ^ "Information about the Gove Peninsula and Nhulunbuy". Gove Online. 21 March 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  11. ^ "Coming to Nhulunbuy". Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc. Archived from the original on 19 August 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 

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