Armidale Airport

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Armidale Airport
Armidale Regional Airport, New South Wales (10005706805).jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorArmidale Regional Council
ServesArmidale, New South Wales, Australia
Elevation AMSL3,556 ft / 1,084 m
Coordinates30°31′42″S 151°37′00″E / 30.52833°S 151.61667°E / -30.52833; 151.61667Coordinates: 30°31′42″S 151°37′00″E / 30.52833°S 151.61667°E / -30.52833; 151.61667
Map
YARM is located in New South Wales
YARM
YARM
Location in New South Wales
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,738 5,702 Asphalt
09/27 1,116 3,661 Grass/Gravel
Statistics (FY 2012-13[1])
Revenue passengers107,470
Aircraft movements3,141
Sources: Airservices Australia,[2] BITRE[3]

Armidale Airport (IATA: ARM, ICAO: YARM)[4] is an airport serving Armidale, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales.[2] It is located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) southwest[2] of the town centre, on the New England Highway.[5] The airport is operated by Armidale Regional Council.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 3,556 ft (1,084 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 05/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,738 m × 30 m (5,702 ft × 98 ft) and 09/27 with a grassed gravel surface measuring 1,116 m × 30 m (3,661 ft × 98 ft).[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Fly Corporate Brisbane[6]
QantasLink Sydney
Regional Express Sydney[7]

Previous airlines[edit]

A Tamworth–Armidale–Brisbane route was served by QantasLink until 2002, when the service was taken over by MacAir Airlines[8] until January 2003, after which time it was operated by Sunshine Express Airlines[9] before the company ceased scheduled flying in 2006. Brindabella Airlines commenced Armidale-Brisbane flights in August 2011 using Metro III turboprop aircraft, however this service was discontinued in June 2012. The decision to withdraw from Armidale and Albury made national headlines as it was widely reported the airline's reasons included an expected increase in operating costs due to the implementation of the controversial Carbon pricing scheme by the Gillard Government set to become effective the following month.[10]

Airport upgrade[edit]

The Armidale Regional Council has a number of upgrades to the airport currently in progress, with much of the funding for the works promised by Member for New England Barnaby Joyce during the 2013 Australian federal election campaign.[11] Previously the council had unsuccessfully submitted a proposal to the Regional Development Australia Fund in 2012 for $2.45 million in funding to allow upgrades to the airport terminal, security screening and apron areas, as well as resurfacing the runway, construction of a parallel taxiway and upgrading the airport's lighting. When complete the works will increase capacity, allowing the airport to handle 70 seat aircraft[12] such as the Bombardier Q400 operated by QantasLink and potentially attract new airlines such as Virgin Australia, operating ATR 72 type aircraft through its regional subsidiaries.

Statistics[edit]

Armidale Airport was ranked 45th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2012-2013.[1][3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Armidale[3]
Year Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2003-04
63,678
3,766
2004-05
89,616
5,466
2005-06
100,984
5,511
2006-07
86,215
2,946
2007-08
95,273
3,122
2008-09
95,559
2,597
2009-10
99,578
2,702
2010-11
104,888
3,074
2011-12
106,944
3,528
2012-13
107,470
3,141

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b c d e YARM – ARMIDALE (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 28 February 2019
  3. ^ a b c "Airport Traffic Data 1985-86 to 2012-2013". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). November 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Armidale Airport (ARM / YARM)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Airport Guide: Armidale Airport". Qantas. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Announcement Of Direct Flights Between Armidale And Brisbane". Fly Corporate. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Rex to partner with Armidale". australianaviation.com.au. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  8. ^ Cobb, Simone (5 July 2002). "Macair ready for take-off". Northern Daily Leader.
  9. ^ "Brisbane air link up and away". Northern Daily Leader. 12 June 2003.
  10. ^ Wroe, David (30 May 2012). "Air route axed amid carbon tax concerns". Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ Harris, Samantha Jo (13 September 2013). "Armidale Airport upgrade still subject to funding as work commences". The Armidale Express.
  12. ^ Jeffery, Stephen (7 December 2012). "Bid for airport upgrade gets nod". The Armidale Express.

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