Birdsville Airport

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Birdsville Airport
YBDV Birdsville Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorDiamantina Shire Council
ServesBirdsville, Queensland, Australia
Elevation AMSL159 ft / 48 m
Coordinates25°53′51″S 139°20′51″E / 25.89750°S 139.34750°E / -25.89750; 139.34750Coordinates: 25°53′51″S 139°20′51″E / 25.89750°S 139.34750°E / -25.89750; 139.34750
YBDV is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 1,732 5,682 Asphalt
03/21 1,200 3,937 Clay
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Birdsville Airport (IATA: BVI, ICAO: YBDV) is an airport serving Birdsville, Queensland, Australia. During the Birdsville Races weekend each September, as many as 200 light aircraft visit the airport, with aviators permitted to camp under the wings of their planes.[2] The Channel Mail Run, the world's longest mail run operates between Port Augusta, South Australia and Birdsville, stopping in the town to collect mail for the remote Queensland cattle stations of Glengyle and Durrie.[3][4]

In September 2011, a $1.5 million upgrade was completed which included construction of a new terminal building, resurfacing and the installation of edge lights on runway 14/32 and extensions to the apron area to provide more aircraft parking and manoeuvring space. The upgrade was funded by the Diamantina Shire Council and Queensland Government's Regional Airport Development Scheme, in response to growth in aviation-related tourism leading to increased movements at the airport.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Regional Express Airlines Bedourie, Boulia, Brisbane, Charleville, Mount Isa, Quilpie, Toowoomba, Windorah

Regular services that were operated by Skytrans are under contract to the Government of Queensland and were taken over by Regional Express Airlines from 1 January 2015.[6]

Central Eagle Aviation operates scenic flights round Lake Eyre. West Wing Aviation operates mail flights to Port Augusta, Glengyle Station and Durrie Station as part of the Channel Mail Run.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YBDV – Birdsville (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 15 August 2019, Aeronautical Chart Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Birdsville Races Archived 9 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The world's longest mail run
  4. ^ "Getting here". Diamantina Shire Council. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  5. ^ "$1.5M Birdsville Airport upgrade". Queensland Government. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Rex soars in Queensland as Skytrans Falters". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 October 2014.