Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

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Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport logo.svg
Airport typePublic
OperatorBallina Shire Council
LocationBallina, New South Wales
Elevation AMSL7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates28°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])
Aircraft movements3,784
Sources: Airservices Australia,[2] BITRE[3]

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (IATA: BNK, ICAO: 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]

FlyPelican Canberra,[7] Dubbo,[8] Newcastle[9]
Jetstar Airways Melbourne,[10] Sydney
QantasLink Sydney[11][12]
Regional Express Sydney
Virgin Australia Sydney


Busiest domestic routes (year ending June 2019)[13]
Rank Airport Passengers % change Carriers
1  New South Wales Sydney Airport 432,600 Increase 1.8 Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Regional Express

Other Users[edit]

The Ballina Aero club, which was established in 1928, has a club house located in the general aviation hangar area. Use of the club house is available to transiting pilots.[14]

Air T&G operate a fleet of helicopters on sight seeing, fire bombing and training duties.

Black Swan Aviation is a general aviation aircraft maintenance facility carrying out all types of maintenance.

Classic Aero Adventure Flights operates a CAC Winjeel on warbird joy flights around the local district.

White Star Aviation provides flight training, Tecnam aircraft sales and FBO services. Cirrus Aircraft also operate an office inside White Star Aviation's facilities.

Australia's only Cirrus Vision SF50 (rego N755DS) is stored at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fiscal year 1 July – 30 June
  2. ^ YBNA – BALLINA (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 21 May 2020
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Domestic aviation activity August 2013" (PDF). Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Schreiver Hamilton Architecture".
  6. ^ "Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Development Strategy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Canberra to Northern NSW". Canberra Airport. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "FlyPelican adds seasonal Ballina – Dubbo service from late-August 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Media Release – FlyPelican to commence Air Services between Newcastle and Ballina (Byron Bay)" (PDF). Fly Pelican. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
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  12. ^ "Qantas group network changes". Qantas. 19 March 2020. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  13. ^ Australian Domestic Airline Activity
  14. ^

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