Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

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Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Ballina Shire Council
Location Ballina, New South Wales
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 28°50′00″S 153°33′42″E / 28.83333°S 153.56167°E / -28.83333; 153.56167Coordinates: 28°50′00″S 153°33′42″E / 28.83333°S 153.56167°E / -28.83333; 153.56167
YBNA is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,900 6,234 Asphalt
Statistics (FY 2010-11[1])
Passengers 291,322
Aircraft movements 3,784
Sources: Airservices Australia,[2] BITRE[3]

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (IATA: BNKICAO: YBNA) is a small regional airport located at Ballina, New South Wales, Australia. It is owned and operated by Ballina Shire Council.

It serves Ballina and the nearby town of Byron Bay, a 20-minute drive north. Ballina Airport handled 365,200 passengers in the 2012/13 financial year.[4]

It is 5 km (3 mi) from the Ballina CBD, in Southern Cross Drive. An occasional bus service operates to and from the airport, except on Christmas Day.

In 2005 Ballina Airport was renamed Ballina Byron Gateway Airport in a bid to attract more people to the area.[citation needed]

A master plan for an upgrade and expansion of the terminal has been drawn up and may be constructed with a new glass facade facing the apron and runway as well as a new drop-off/pick-up area and multiple interior changes. This is due to the increase in numbers since the introduction of jet services by Jetstar and Virgin Australia.[5]

The upgrade will in the future involve a taxiway being built for the runway and many more facilities for the airport. There is a master plan for the airport.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FlyPelican Newcastle[7]
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney
Regional Express Sydney
Virgin Australia Sydney


Busiest domestic routes (year ending June 2011)[8]
Rank Airport Passengers  % change Carriers
1  New South Wales Sydney Airport 270,435 Increase 1.3 Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Regional Express

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