Lord Howe Island Airport

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Lord Howe Island Airport
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NASA image of Lord Howe Island
IATA: LDHICAO: YLHI
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Lord Howe Island Board
Serves Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia
Elevation AMSL 17 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 31°32′18″S 159°04′38″E / 31.53833°S 159.07722°E / -31.53833; 159.07722Coordinates: 31°32′18″S 159°04′38″E / 31.53833°S 159.07722°E / -31.53833; 159.07722
Map
YLHI is located in Oceania
YLHI
YLHI
Location on map of Oceania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 886 2,907 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Lord Howe Island Airport (IATA: LDH[2]ICAO: YLHI) is a regional and international airport providing air transportation to Lord Howe Island.[1] Lord Howe Island is located in the Tasman Sea, 600 km (370 mi) east of mainland Port Macquarie. The airport is operated by the Lord Howe Island Board.[1]

Light aircraft transit[edit]

Lord Howe Island airport.jpg

Lord Howe Island is an important transit and refueling point for light aircraft flying between Australia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand. Located 600 km (373 mi) to the west is the Australian mainland, and 900 km (559 mi) to the east is Norfolk Island Airport which is within range of New Zealand to the southeast and New Caledonia to the north. These distances are within the range of many light aircraft when fitted with long range tanks, while the direct distances are not. From New Caledonia, other Pacific Islands such as Vanuatu and Fiji are within range and can be used as further 'stepping stones' to the other South Pacific and North Pacific destinations.

Facilities[edit]

The airport's elevation above mean sea level is 17 ft (5 m) and it has one runway, measuring 886 m × 30 m (2,907 ft × 98 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines Sydney
Seasonal: Port Macquarie
QantasLink operated by Sunstate Airlines Brisbane

Incidents[edit]

On 20 April 2009 the runway was damaged by heavy rains of 230 mm (9.06 in) in three hours,[3] leaving 100 tourists stuck on the island.[citation needed]

Statistics[edit]

Lord Howe Island Airport served 33,385 revenue passengers during financial year[4] 2009-2010,[5] ranking it 64th amongst airports in Australia.

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Lord Howe Island Airport[5]
Year[4] Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
25,674
1,014
2002-03
25,605
1,046
2003-04
26,647
1,063
2004-05
26,769
1,099
2005-06
30,736
1,219
2006-07
32,454
1,250
2007-08
34,736
1,302
2008-09
33,442
1,276
2009-10
33,385
1,245
2010-11
31,569
1,247

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d YLHI – Lord Howe Island (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  2. ^ Airport information for Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia (LDH / YLHI) at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ "SES to assist in Lord Howe 'disaster zone'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  5. ^ a b "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"