Norfolk Island Airport

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Norfolk Island Airport
Norfolk terminal.JPG
IATA: NLKICAO: YSNF
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Administration of Norfolk Island
Serves Norfolk Island
Elevation AMSL 371 ft / 113 m
Coordinates 29°02′33″S 167°56′17″E / 29.04250°S 167.93806°E / -29.04250; 167.93806Coordinates: 29°02′33″S 167°56′17″E / 29.04250°S 167.93806°E / -29.04250; 167.93806
Website www.airport.gov.nf
Map
NLK is located in Oceania
NLK
NLK
Location of airport on map of Oceania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,950 6,398 Asphalt
04/22 1,435 4,708 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[1])
Passengers 57,758
Aircraft movements 872
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2]
Passenger and aircraft movements from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)[3]

Norfolk Island Airport (IATA: NLKICAO: YSNF) is the only airport on Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia. The island is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. The airport is operated by the Administration of Norfolk Island.[2]

History[edit]

The airstrip was built during World War II as a defensive measure to counter feared Japanese operations in the South Pacific. As Norfolk Island did not have enough flat ground, in 1942 several bulldozers were used to knock the tops off several hills, and fill in the valleys between them.[4] Steel mesh was then used to make a solid surface.

Initially used for bomber patrols and for a transport service to Bougainville Island, the airfield was never used as a major base and became a stopover for aircraft travelling between Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands. The Royal New Zealand Air Force left the airfield in July 1946. At the airfield was an air-sea rescue unit, a servicing section and a radar unit installation at Mount Bates.[5]

Light aircraft transit[edit]

Norfolk Island is an important transit and refueling point for light aircraft flying between Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Located 852 km (529 mi) southeast of Norfolk is Kaitaia Airport the most northerly airfield in New Zealand, 754 km (469 mi) north is Nouméa Airport in New Caledonia, and 900 km (560 mi) west is Lord Howe Island Airport which is 600 km (370 mi) to the Australian mainland.

These distances are within the range of many light aircraft when fitted with long range tanks, while the direct distance without using Norfolk Island as a stepping stone, is usually beyond their capabilities.

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 resides at an elevation of 371 ft (113 m) above sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 11/29 measuring 1,950 m × 45 m (6,398 ft × 148 ft) and 04/22 measuring 1,435 m × 30 m (4,708 ft × 98 ft).[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney
Air Caledonie Nouméa

Statistics[edit]

Norfolk Island Airport was ranked 56th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[1][3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Norfolk Island[3]
Year[1] Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
59,562
744
2002-03
72,781
1,091
2003-04
81,470
1,199
2004-05
72,801
939
2005-06
62,483
691
2006-07
73,163
913
2007-08
75,925
1,027
2008-09
64,782
951
2009-10
61,594
863
2010-11
57,758
872

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b c YSNF – Norfolk Island (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. ^ James A. Michener's short story Mutiny from the Tales of the South Pacific collection, roughly and fictionally portrays the decision making process of cutting down obstructing pine trees.
  5. ^ Norfolk Island

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