Ayers Rock Airport

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Ayers Rock Airport
Connellan Airport
Ayers Rock/Connellan Airport
Ayers Rock Airport (aerial view).jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Pty Ltd
Location Ayers Rock
Elevation AMSL 1,626 ft / 496 m
Coordinates 25°11′10″S 130°58′32″E / 25.18611°S 130.97556°E / -25.18611; 130.97556Coordinates: 25°11′10″S 130°58′32″E / 25.18611°S 130.97556°E / -25.18611; 130.97556
YAYE is located in Northern Territory
Location in the Northern Territory
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,599 8,527 Asphalt
Statistics (2010-11[1])
Passengers 309,089
Aircraft movements 4,017
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2] Passengers and movements from BITRE[3]

Ayers Rock Airport (also known as Connellan Airport) (IATA: AYQICAO: YAYE) is situated near Yulara, around 463 km (288 mi) (5 hrs drive) away from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, and 20 minutes drive from Uluru (Ayers Rock) itself. An average of just under 300,000 passengers per year pass through this airport in the middle of Australia.[3]


The original Connellan Airport at Uluru was provided by Edward Connellan, who started Connellan Airways in 1942, providing passenger transport, chartered Royal Flying Doctor Service flights and mail runs. The planes were usually "Butterflies",[clarification needed] which were given to the company by Qantas, and Douglas DC3s. The development of tourism infrastructure adjacent to the base of Uluru that began in the 1950s soon created adverse environmental impacts. It was decided in the early 1970s to remove all accommodation-related tourist facilities near the base of Uluru and re-establish them outside the park. In 1975, a reservation of 104 km2 (40 sq mi) of land beyond the park's northern boundary, 15 km (9.3 mi) from Uluru, was approved for the development of a tourist facility, to be known as Yulara, along with a new airport. The new facilities became fully operational in late 1984.[citation needed]

On 6 August 2000, an Ansett Airbus A320-211, arrived from Auckland Airport, New Zealand, carrying the Sydney Olympic Torch for its inaugural Australian leg. From there, the torch was taken for a run around Uluru, followed by a formal reception.

Airport facilities[edit]

Ayers Rock Airport has one main terminal for scheduled flights.

The largest aircraft that Ayers Rock Airport caters for is Boeing 737-800s operated by Virgin Australia. QantasLink operate a number of Boeing 717-200s in and out of the airport. Jetstar has from the 4th of June 2013 operated flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne using Airbus A320 aircraft.

Technical aspects[edit]

The runway at Ayers Rock Airport is 2,599 m × 30 m (8,527 ft × 98 ft). It has a simple, single stage lighting system and T-VASIS.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Jetstar Airways Melbourne,[4] Sydney
QantasLink operated by Cobham Alice Springs, Cairns
Virgin Australia Sydney

In addition, there are a wide number of scenic flights that are offered by different private charters.

Jetstar operates Airbus A320, Qantaslink operates Boeing 717-200s and Virgin Australia operates a mixture of Boeing 737-700/800s and Embraer E-190s in and out of Ayers Rock Airport. All Qantaslink services are operated by Cobham. On 11 February 2013 Qantas announced that its daily Qantas operated flight from Sydney would be replaced by a 4 x weekly service operated by Jetstar.

Other aviation[edit]

The main users of the airport are light aircraft – either charter, scenic flights or private owned aircraft.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ YAYE – Ayers Rock/Connellan (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 17 August 2017, Aeronautical Chart Archived 10 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Airport Traffic Data 1985-86 to 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2012. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  4. ^ http://www.travelweekly.com.au/news/jetstar-to-launch-melbourne-uluru-service