Olympic Dam Airport

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Olympic Dam Airport
IATA: OLPICAO: YOLD
Summary
Airport type Private
Operator BHP Billiton, Olympic Dam Operations
Serves Olympic Dam Mine
Location Olympic Dam, South Australia
Elevation AMSL 343 ft / 105 m
Coordinates 30°29′06″S 136°52′36″E / 30.48500°S 136.87667°E / -30.48500; 136.87667Coordinates: 30°29′06″S 136°52′36″E / 30.48500°S 136.87667°E / -30.48500; 136.87667
Map
YOLD is located in South Australia
YOLD
YOLD
Location in South Australia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,591 5,220 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[1])
Passengers 72,215
Aircraft movements 1,875
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart,[2] passenger and aircraft movements from the BITRE[3]

Olympic Dam Airport (IATA: OLP[4]ICAO: YOLD) is an airport in Olympic Dam, South Australia. There have been planned expansions for the airport starting in 2006 and ongoing in 2011. QantasLink flights operated by Alliance Airlines with flights from Adelaide serve the airport.

General information[edit]

The airport is located at Olympic Dam, South Australia with the terminal located at 30°29′02.0322″S 136°53′02.7954″E / 30.483897833°S 136.884109833°E / -30.483897833; 136.884109833 (Olympic Dam Airport Terminal) with the local time zone (Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)) of +9:30 hours from UTC/GMT.[4] The airport's codes are OLP for FlightStats and IATA, YOLD for ICAO and it does not have an FFA code.[4] Avis Rent a Car System has operated from the airport.[5]

In 2007, there was a near mid-air collision between an Alliance Airlines plane and a charter plane.[6] Flooding in the region in 2010 did not affect the airport.[7]

Expansion[edit]

Relocation discussions were underway in 2006, with a discussion about either expanding the Olympic Dam airport or building a new one close to Andamooka. The area was set to have 5,000 contracted employers brought in by BHP Billiton.[8]

It is planned that the airport be relocated due to the expansion of the Olympic Dam mine.[9] Expansion plans outlined in 2011 included improving the airport to accommodate jets and passenger service.[10] 2011 plans for the airport included making the runway an all-weather one.[11] The planned location was between Roxby Downs and Andamooka.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
QantasLink operated by Alliance Airlines Adelaide[12]

There are several flights a day arriving into the airport from Adelaide.[13] Flights include QQ2601, a 90-minute flight leaving Adelaide at 8:00 and arriving at 9:30am,[14] QQ2607 leaving Adelaide at 9:00am and arriving at 10:30am,[15] QQ2609 departing Adelaide 12:30pm and arriving at 2:00pm,[16] and QQ2615 departing Adelaide at 5:30pm and arriving at 7:00pm.[17]

Statistics[edit]

Olympic Dam Airport was ranked 48th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[1][3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Olympic Dam[3]
Year[1] Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
19,289
1,304
2002-03
24,973
1,411
2003-04
25,715
1,727
2004-05
27,262
1,723
2005-06
37,112
1,924
2006-07
57,639
2,593
2007-08
74,099
2,278
2008-09
76,118
2,254
2009-10
60,168
1,809
2010-11
72,215
1,875

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ YOLD – Olympic Dam (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. ^ a b c "(OLP) Olympic Dam Airport". Flightstats.com. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  5. ^ Uniworld Business Publications, Incorporated (30 April 2009). Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-8360-0059-7. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  6. ^ 26 July 2007 11:30PM (2007-07-26). "Mid-air collision avoided". adelaidenow. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  7. ^ Pedler, Emma (2010-04-09). "Roxby flood damage". ABC North and West SA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  8. ^ "New airport mooted in BHP expansion - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  9. ^ "Olympic Dam Expansion: Infrastructure". BHP Billiton. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. 
  10. ^ "Olympic Dam Expansion 2011". Australia: BHP Billiton. p. 5. Retrieved 3 July 2012.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  11. ^ a b "Olympic Dam Expansion 2011". Australia: BHP Billiton. p. 19. Retrieved 3 July 2012.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  12. ^ "Important notice to passengers - adelaide olympic dam route". Press Release. Alliance Airlines. 21 November 2007. 
  13. ^ "(OLP) Olympic Dam Airport Departures". Flightstats.com. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  14. ^ "(QQ) Alliance Airlines 2601 Flight Status". Flightstats.com. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  15. ^ "(QQ) Alliance Airlines 2607 Flight Status". Flightstats.com. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  16. ^ "(QQ) Alliance Airlines 2609 Flight Status". Flightstats.com. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  17. ^ "(QQ) Alliance Airlines 2615 Flight Status". Flightstats.com. Retrieved 2012-07-03.