Mount Isa Airport

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Mount Isa Airport
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IATA: ISAICAO: YBMA
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Mount Isa Airport Pty Ltd
Operator Queensland Airports Limited
Serves Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Elevation AMSL 1,121 ft / 342 m
Coordinates 20°39′50″S 139°29′19″E / 20.66389°S 139.48861°E / -20.66389; 139.48861Coordinates: 20°39′50″S 139°29′19″E / 20.66389°S 139.48861°E / -20.66389; 139.48861
Website www.mountisaairport.com.au
Map
YBMA is located in Queensland
YBMA
YBMA
Location in Queensland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,560 8,399 Asphalt
Statistics (2010-2011[1])
Revenue passengers 217,525
Aircraft movements 5,376
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2] BITRE

Mount Isa Airport (IATA: ISA[3]ICAO: YBMA) is an airport serving the western Queensland city of Mount Isa, Australia.[2] It is served by a variety of scheduled regional airlines, with flights to Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns as well as several other regional centres.

Since 2005 the airport has been owned by Queensland Airports Limited, which also owns Townsville Airport and Gold Coast Airport.[4][5]

In the 2010-2011 financial year,[1] Mount Isa Airport handled 217,525 passengers, a 25.1% increase over the previous year.[6]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 1,121 ft (342 m) above sea level. It has one runway designated 16/34 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,560 m × 45 m (8,399 ft × 148 ft) and is 3.4 nautical miles (6.3 km; 3.9 mi) north of the city[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airnorth Darwin, McArthur River Mine
Alliance Airlines Cairns, Townsville
Qantas Brisbane
Qantas operated by QantasLink Cloncurry, Townsville
Regional Express Airlines Northern Destinations Burketown, Cairns, Doomadgee, Gununa, Karumba, Normanton, Hughenden, Julia Creek, Richmond, Townsville
Regional Express Southern Destinations Bedourie, Birdsville, Boulia, Brisbane, Charleville, Quilpie, Toowoomba, Windorah
Virgin Australia Brisbane [7]
West Wing Aviation Townsville

Statistics[edit]

Mount Isa Airport was ranked 30th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[1][6]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Mount Isa[6]
Year[1] Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
89,433
3,548
2002-03
88,793(-0.7%)
3,736(+5.3%)
2003-04
99,205(+11.7%)
3,596(-3.7%)
2004-05
111,303(+12.2%)
3,541(-1.5%)
2005-06
132,475(+19.0%)
3,769(+6.4%)
2006-07
155,572(+17.4%)
4,185(+11.0%)
2007-08
186,679(+20.0%)
4,645(+11.0%)
2008-09
173,517(-7.1%)
3,467(-25.4%)
2009-10
173,813(+0.2%)
3,743(+8.0%)
2010-11
217,525(25.1%)
5,376(37.2%)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Main article: Ansett-ANA Flight 149

On 22 September 1966 a Vickers Viscount aircraft departed from Mount Isa Airport with twenty passengers for a flight to Brisbane via Longreach. Forty-four minutes after takeoff a fire started in one of the engines. The crew were unable to extinguish the fire or feather the propeller so made an emergency descent with the intention of landing at Winton, a town 225 NM (417 km; 259 mi) south-east of Mount Isa. The fire spread to the fuel tank and weakened the wing structure so that a large part of the left wing broke away. The aircraft crashed 12 mi (19 km) west of Winton. All on board were killed.[8] It remains the fifth-worst accident in Australia's civil aviation history.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b c YBMA – Mount Isa (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  3. ^ "Mount Isa Airport (ISA / YBMA)". Aviation Safety Network. 
  4. ^ "Mount Isa Airport". Queensland Airports. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "About Mount Isa Airport". MountIsaAirport.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ 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"
  7. ^ Qantas to face Virgin competition on Isa-Brisbane route
  8. ^ Vickers Viscount No. 416 – Operational Record Retrieved 2011-08-25
  9. ^ Ten Worst Aircraft Crashes in Australia Retrieved 2011-08-25

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