Northern Peninsula Airport

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Northern Peninsula Airport
(formerly Bamaga Airport)
Airport type Public
Operator Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council
Location Bamaga, Queensland, Australia
Elevation AMSL 34 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 10°57′03″S 142°27′34″E / 10.95083°S 142.45944°E / -10.95083; 142.45944Coordinates: 10°57′03″S 142°27′34″E / 10.95083°S 142.45944°E / -10.95083; 142.45944
YNPE is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 1,834 6,017 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Northern Peninsula Airport (IATA: ABMICAO: YNPE) is an airport serving Bamaga, a town near the northern tip of the Cape York Peninsula and is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) southeast of Injinoo in Queensland, Australia. The airport is operated by the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council.[1] It used to be known as Bamaga Airport or Bamaga/Injinoo Airport and used the ICAO code YBAM.[2]


The airport resides at an elevation of 34 ft (10 m) above sea level. It has one runway designated 13/31 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,834 m × 30 m (6,017 ft × 98 ft).[1]


Built in late 1942 and known as Jacky Jacky Field, the airfield was renamed Higgins Field in 1943 in honour of Flight Lieutenant Brian Hartley Higgins. Operated as a dispersal field for Horn Island.

Royal Australian Air Force units based at Higgins Field during World War II included:[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Regional Express Airlines Cairns [5]
Skytrans Airlines Cairns, Aurukun, Weipa, Horn Island

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c YNPE – Northern Peninsula (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 17 August 2017, Aeronautical Chart
  2. ^ Airport information for YBAM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  3. ^ Peter Dunn (3 August 2016). "Higgins Field, Qld during WW2". Australia @ War. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "RAAF Base Higgins". RAAF Museum. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  5. ^

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