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Skytraders Pty Ltd
Hubs Hobart International Airport
Fleet size 4
Headquarters Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Key people Norman F Mackay (CEO)

Skytraders is an Australian airline. It is headquartered at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia. It has no routes of its own, but specialises in charter services.


Skytraders operates flights to support the Australian Antarctic Division's scientific research programme in Antarctica. Skytraders' website also states the company offers charter services to executives and VIPs during the Northern Hemisphere summer.[1]

A Skytraders Airbus A319 has been used on behalf of the Australian government to ferry asylum seekers to the remote pacific island state of Nauru.[2] According to the publication Crikey, Skytraders made a request to the global flight tracking organisation, FlightAware, that its asylum-seeker transportation flights not be tracked.[3]


Skytraders Airbus A319LR at Hobart
Skytraders ski-equipped CASA 212-400 about to land at Sydney

As of December 2012 the Skytraders fleet consists of:[4]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 9 May 2010, an incident involving a Skytraders aircraft sparked an enquiry by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). A Skytraders Airbus A319, registered VH-VHD, taxied to the runway in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands for a flight to Christmas Island with the aircraft's integral staircase still extended as it moved across the tarmac. When the crew realised what had happened, they stopped the aircraft and retracted the staircase. Skytraders gave an undertaking to the ATSB to revise its operational procedures as a result of this incident.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Skytraders website retrieved 2008-01-20.
  2. ^ "Labor silent on legal rights for asylum-seekers". The Australian. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Ben Sandilands (17 September 2012). "Boat people flights blocked on Flightaware jet tracker". Crikey. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Australian civil aircraft register search, using "Skytraders" as the search parameter. Search conducted 20 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Operational event - VH-­VHD, Cocos (Keeling) Island". Australian Transport Safety Bureau. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 

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