East Kimberley Regional Airport

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East Kimberley Regional Airport
East Kimberley Regional Airport airside east view.jpg
IATA: KNXICAO: YPKU
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Shire of Wyndham East-Kimberley
Serves Kununurra
Location Kununurra, Western Australia
Elevation AMSL 145 ft / 44 m
Coordinates 15°46′41″S 128°42′27″E / 15.77806°S 128.70750°E / -15.77806; 128.70750Coordinates: 15°46′41″S 128°42′27″E / 15.77806°S 128.70750°E / -15.77806; 128.70750
Website http://www.swek.wa.gov.au/community/airports
Map
YPKU is located in Western Australia
YPKU
YPKU
Location in Western Australia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,829 6,001 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[1])
Passengers 86,955
Aircraft movements 2,779
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2]
Passenger and aircraft movements from the BITRE[3]

Officially known and signposted as East Kimberley Regional Airport (IATA: KNXICAO: YPKU), it is more commonly referred to locally as Kununurra Airport an airport in Kununurra, Western Australia. The airport is 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) west of the town.[2] Heavy wet seasons often result in this area being cut off from essential outside services and deliveries. The airport is a crucial piece of infrastructure which enables people and goods to enter or leave from the region and especially supports tourism and economic development.

In 2012, a major expansion of the airport was completed and opened to the public. Costing about AUD$8.68 Million, it effectively doubled the size of the facility. This now includes a dedicated arrivals hall with baggage carousel, enlarged check-in area and improved security for the enlarged departure lounge.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airnorth Broome, Darwin, Perth
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Argyle, Broome, Darwin, Derby, Perth

Charter airlines[edit]

  • Shoal Air
  • Alligator Airways(Which is grounded by CASA on 29 Jane 2012 and not operating anymore)
  • Heliwork[5]
  • Slingair[6]

Due to the long distances involved in traveling across the Kimberley region, several air-tours are offered by various charter airlines not based in Kununurra, hopping across the north-west of Australia. Occasionally connecting some major eastern Australian cities directly with Kununurra and with some bus tour companies too, to avoid lengthy transfers in Darwin or Perth.

Statistics[edit]

Kununurra Airport was ranked 47th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[1][3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Kununurra Airport[3]
Year Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
37,134
2,200
2002-03
37,160
2,671
2003-04
40,239
2,625
2004-05
48,051
2,681
2005-06
50,901
2,556
2006-07
60,680
3,048
2007-08
69,483
2,817
2008-09
74,742
2,488
2009-10
81,933
2,514
2010-11
86,955
2,779

New Terminal[edit]

East Kimberly Regional Airport (Kununurra) departure lounge.
View of East Kimberly Regional Airport (Kununurra) from the window of Virgin Australia (SkyWest) Fokker F100 Jet
Airside view of East Kimberly Regional Airport (Kununurra)
Arrivals gate at East Kimberley Regional Airport

Old Terminal[edit]

Former terminal building before the 2011-12 expansion works
Inside the former terminal building

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b YPKU – Kununurra (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 27 June 2012.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  4. ^ http://www.kimberleypage.com.au/2012/02/kununurra-airport-extensions-to-open/#sthash.xdujdMnt.dpuf
  5. ^ Heliwork WA
  6. ^ Slingair