Port Macquarie Airport

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Port Macquarie Airport
IATA: PQQICAO: YPMQ
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Serves Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 31°26′09″S 152°51′48″E / 31.43583°S 152.86333°E / -31.43583; 152.86333Coordinates: 31°26′09″S 152°51′48″E / 31.43583°S 152.86333°E / -31.43583; 152.86333
Website www.hastings.nsw.gov.au
Map
YPMQ is located in New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,600 5,249 Asphalt
10/28 696 2,283 Grass
Statistics (2010-11[1])
Passengers 218,897
Aircraft movements 5,236
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart.[2] Passengers and aircraft movements from BITRE[3]

Port Macquarie Airport (IATA: PQQICAO: YPMQ) is an airport in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. The airport is 2.25 nautical miles (4.17 km; 2.59 mi) west[2] of the city center and is managed by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on behalf of its owners - the constituents of the Hastings. The airport had 218,897 revenue passengers, the 29th busiest in Australia, and 5,236 aircraft movements in the 2010-2011 financial year.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines Sydney
Seasonal: Lord Howe Island
QantasLink operated by Sunstate Airlines Brisbane
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Brisbane, Sydney

Virgin Australia[edit]

On 4 February 2008, Virgin Blue (now Virgin Australia) commenced direct scheduled services between Sydney and Port Macquarie. The flights operate daily in the morning. The service used to be conducted by an Embraer E-170 aircraft, and is the first scheduled jet service for the airport. On 19 October 2011, Virgin Australia's ATR 72 departed on its first flight to Brisbane. Connections are offered to all major Australian cities via Sydney. An increase to twice-daily service commenced 4 August 2008.[4]

Competition by Virgin resulted in a significant drop in fare prices for the Port Macquarie - Sydney route, where Qantas previously operated a monopoly after Hazelton Airlines ceased services in 2001.[5]

On 28 July 2011, Virgin Australia (in partnership with Skywest Airlines) announced its intention to commence a daily Brisbane to Port Macquarie service from October 2011. Subject to regulatory approval, the flight will be operated by the airline's newly delivered ATR 72 aircraft on a once-daily basis. The airline also announced that, as a result of the removal of Embraer 170 aircraft from its fleet, Sydney to Port Macquarie services would also be operated by ATR72 aircraft.[6][7]

Aircraft Operations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes into and out of Port Macquarie (year ending June 2011[1])[8]
Rank Airport Passengers  % change Carriers
1  New South Wales, Sydney 212,815 Increase 5.6 Virgin Australia, QantasLink

Connections to Brisbane (via Coffs Harbour) by Brindabella Airlines ceased 31 December 2010, citing poor loads on the route.[9] Despite this, Virgin Australia entered the route on 19 October 2011 as a daily service with their ATR72 aircraft.[7]

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