Whitsunday Coast Airport
|Whitsunday Coast Airport
Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport
|IATA: PPP – ICAO: YBPN|
|Operator||Whitsunday Regional Council|
|Location||Proserpine, Queensland, Australia|
|Elevation AMSL||82 ft / 25 m|
Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport (IATA: PPP, ICAO: YBPN) is located approximately 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) south of Proserpine in Queensland, Australia. The airport is the main gateway for travellers to and from the Whitsunday Islands and currently has flights to Brisbane and Sydney.
In the year ending 30 June 2011, the airport handled 213,619 passengers making it the 27th busiest airport in Australia.
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.
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.
Whitsunday Coast Airport upgrade
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.
Airlines and destinations
Around the airport
- PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart (
- "Council starts airport discussions". APN. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- "Whitsunday Coast Airport Upgrade". Queensland Government Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Whitsunday Coast Airport.|
- Dick Smith safety report on Proserpine Tower
- Department of Infrastructure and Planning - Whitsunday Coast Airport terminal upgrade