Sunshine Coast Airport
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|IATA: MCY – ICAO: YBSU|
|Owner||Sunshine Coast Regional Council|
|Operator||Sunshine Coast Regional Council|
|Serves||Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia|
|Elevation AMSL||15 ft / 5 m|
Sunshine Coast Airport (formerly Maroochydore Airport) (IATA: MCY, ICAO: YBSU) is an Australian airport serving Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It is the gateway to holiday destinations such as Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra. There are direct daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne. In addition, Air New Zealand serves the city seasonally, with two turning into three weekly return flights from Maroochydore to Auckland.
Sunshine Coast Airport is situated in Marcoola 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Maroochydore, and is owned, operated, managed and developed by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, which assumed the powers of the former Shire of Maroochy. It is the principal airport for the Sunshine Coast and is the only airport in the region capable of servicing jet aircraft operations.
The Queensland Government granted a parcel of land to the Maroochy Shire Council in 1958 for use as a general aviation airstrip. The first test landing on a grass strip was on 16 August 1959. The airstrip was initially used by the Maroochy Aero Club and Queensland Parachute Club. Maroochy Shire Council funded the construction of a 4,500 ft (1,400 m) sealed runway, suitable for aircraft up to the Fokker F27 Friendship, which opened on 12 August 1961. With the commencement of regular public transport services, the airstrip was renamed Maroochydore Airport. Lights for night landings were provided in 1974.
A terminal building was constructed in 1979. The runway was extended to 1,797 m (5,896 ft) in 1983 to allow the operation of Fokker F28 Fellowship and BAe 146 regional jets. The runway was upgraded again in 1993 to allow the operation of larger Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 jets. A new terminal building was completed in 1997 and the airport was renamed Sunshine Coast Airport.
The Airport supports a number of regular public transport services (with Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320 aircraft) and a variety of general aviation activities. These activities are in keeping with the increasing demands of tourism, passenger traffic, general aviation and commercial development opportunities and flight training (Aero Dynamic Flight Academy) .
The airport handles aircraft movements of around 87,000 per annum, has a capacity of 900,000 passenger movements per annum. In 2009, the airport handled 916,845 passengers making it the 15th busiest airport in Australia.
In February 2012, Air New Zealand announced plans to launch a new twice-weekly between Auckland and Sunshine Coast Airport, to operate seasonally from July to September. This was the airport's first international services. Sunshine Coast Airport had build customs, immigration and quarantine facilities ahead of the first flight. On 12 November, Air New Zealand had announced that the season will be extended in 2013, with flights operating from June to October. Air New Zealand have committed to operating the services until at least 2017.
As of December 2014, the only scheduled domestic routes are to southern state capitals, Sydney and Melbourne. These are serviced by Jetstar and Virgin Australia. There are no scheduled flights north or to any other destinations in Queensland, although surveys have shown a high demand for flights north. It was previously served by Sunstate Airlines flights from Brisbane.
The airport has one terminal. During the Air New Zealand seasonal flights to Auckland the terminal can be split into an international and domestic terminals. It has one-storey and thus there are no aerobridges, and passengers must take a short walk on the tarmac to reach their aircraft.
There are a few food and shopping outlets within the terminal for passengers. Each of the three airlines operating have dedicated check-in desks and gates. There are two baggage carousels, TV monitors, a taxi rank, shuttle bus services and hire-car desks. The departure lounge is fairly large, with seating available for about 300 people.
Airport transport options
The airport has a range of transport options to and from the airport. The local taxi service is Suncoast Cabs.
The airport shuttle service is run by several companies offering shuttle transfer to Sunshine Coast hotels and private residences to all suburbs south of the Sunshine Coast Airport including Twin Waters, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Buderim, Caloundra, Golden Beach and Pelican Waters.
Highway access and the entrance road to the Sunshine Coast Airport have both recently been upgraded in mid-2010.
The airport has two runways. The longer main runway, 18/36, handles the jets and the shorter runway 12/30 handles general aviation.
The airport master plan proposes building a new 2,450 m (8,040 ft) Runway 13/31 some time before 2020. This would replace the 650 m (2,130 ft) runway 12/30 and allow operation of aircraft larger and with longer range than the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 with minimal impact on nearby residents. Use of wide body aircraft such as Airbus A330 and Boeing 777, 787 would allow direct flights to Southeast Asia, China and Hawaii.
Airlines and destinations
|Air New Zealand||Seasonal: Auckland|
|Jetstar Airways||Melbourne, Sydney|
|Virgin Australia||Melbourne, Sydney|
|Rank||Airport||Passengers carried||% Change|
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- Maroochydore name change
- "NZ flights to start at $149". Sunshine Coast Daily. 23 February 2012.
- "Air New Zealand flights returning in 2013" (PDF). Sunshine Coast Regional Council. November 2012.
- Auckland - Sunshine Coast Direct Flights Sunshine Cost Council
- Report confirms demand for flights north from the Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Council 17 December 2013
- Route 622 timetable TransLink 7 July 2014
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-  Domestic aviation activity June 2013] Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development