Whitsunday Coast Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Whitsunday Airport. ‹See Tfd›
Whitsunday Coast Airport
Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport
Proserpine Airport Terminal, January 2012.jpg
IATA: PPPICAO: YBPN
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Whitsunday Regional Council
Location Proserpine, Queensland, Australia
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 20°29′42″S 148°33′06″E / 20.49500°S 148.55167°E / -20.49500; 148.55167Coordinates: 20°29′42″S 148°33′06″E / 20.49500°S 148.55167°E / -20.49500; 148.55167
Map
YBPN is located in Queensland
YBPN
YBPN
Location in Queensland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,073 6,801 Asphalt
06/24 1,100 3,608 Unmarked Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport (IATA: PPPICAO: YBPN) is located approximately 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) south[1] of Proserpine in Queensland, Australia. The airport is the main gateway for travellers to and from the Whitsunday area and currently has flights to Brisbane and Sydney with more destinations to come online in the future.

In the year ending 30 June 2011 the airport handled 213,619 passengers making it the 27th busiest airport in Australia.

History[edit]

Plans to build an airfield in Proserpine commenced in 1936, however construction was delayed due to a lack of funding. Construction of the airport finally began in 1946.[citation needed]

The first passenger service to Proserpine was on 3 November 1951. It was a flight from Brisbane in a Douglas DC-3.[citation needed]

In September 2001, the airport suffered heavily from the collapse of Ansett Australia, who at the time were the biggest operators out of Proserpine with direct services to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The company even operated seasonal flights to the Gold Coast and Adelaide.

In January 2014, Whitsunday Regional Council announced it was to discuss with the Queensland state government the process for designating the airport precinct a PDA (Priority Development Area). This would make the future process of extending the runway the relatively short distance required to receive international services and to alleviate the industrial land crisis that has been affecting the Whitsunday Region for many years.[2]

Whitsunday Coast Airport upgrade[edit]

Recently the Passenger Terminal underwent an upgrade. Earthworks commenced in mid-October 2010 and demolition works in November 2010. The upgraded terminal was officially opened on 20 December 2011.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Jetstar Airways Brisbane
Tigerair Australia Sydney[4]
Virgin Australia Brisbane

Around the airport[edit]

Departures hall 
Western end of the terminal and taxi rank 
Terminal parking 
Terminal entry and exit 
Arrivals hall and luggage carousel 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]