Broome International Airport

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Broome International Airport
Broome International Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Broome International Airport
Location Broome, Western Australia
Elevation AMSL 56 ft / 17 m
Coordinates 17°56′59″S 122°13′40″E / 17.94972°S 122.22778°E / -17.94972; 122.22778Coordinates: 17°56′59″S 122°13′40″E / 17.94972°S 122.22778°E / -17.94972; 122.22778
YBRM is located in Western Australia
Location in Western Australia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,368 7,769 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[1])
Passengers 5,828
Aircraft movements 5,828
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2]
passenger and aircraftmovements from the BITRE[3]

Broome International Airport (IATA: BMEICAO: YBRM) is a regional airport located 0.4 nautical miles (0.74 km; 0.46 mi) west of the Broome GPO, Western Australia.

Broome International Airport is the regional hub of the northwestern part of Western Australia. It is considered the gateway to the Kimberley region. In the year ending 30 June 2011 the airport handled 409,663 passengers. It is ranked the 20th busiest airport in Australia.[1][3]

From 18 November 2010 Broome International became a Class D non-radar controlled aerodrome which means that aircraft are separated by air traffic controllers based on estimates provided by pilots and reporting their distances and altitudes from the airfield.

The Airport Field was attacked on the morning of the 3rd of March 1942, during world world war 2. The attack on Broome resulted in at least 88 deaths. The airport field was being used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and allies, the Japanese raid destroyed at least 22 aircraft, parts of which are still on display to this day at Broome Historical Museum.

The Airport runway was extended in around 2004-2006. It also has had several upgrades to helicopter infrastructure. It is home to state of the art firefighting equipment.

The airport entry road 'Macpherson Road' is named after the man who helped pioneer the town, the road was purpose built for the cable that ran from 200 meters east of vine walking trail at a junction box now enclosed in private property to Broome Court House, formerly Cable House.

The kimberly qantas lounge was upgraded in 2014-2015 when the terminal had landscaping and maintenance work carried out.

Passengers and pilots are treated to spectacular views in either landing direction from the east, over Roebuck Bay and the older broome settlements, or the West, over cable beach coming in around gantheum point lighthouse and Raceway with views of the majority of residential housing in broome and the amazing coastline.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Status
Airnorth Darwin, Kununurra All Year
Qantas Perth
Seasonal: Brisbane [4], Sydney, Melbourne, typically from April to September
All Year to Perth Only - Seasonal
operated by Cobham Aviation
Perth All Year
Skippers Aviation Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek All Year - Seasonal/Charter/Small Schedule
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Perth All year
Skywest Regional Airlines Perth, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra, Halls Creek, Darwin, Port Hedland Ceased Operations - Purchased By Virgin[5]


Busiest domestic routes into and out of Broome Airport
(FY 2012[1])[6]
Rank Airport Passengers carried  % change
1 Perth Airport 313,627 Decrease2.7

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Fiscal year 1 July – 30 June
  2. ^ YBRM – Broome (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 25 May 2017, Aeronautical Chart Archived 17 March 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 27 June 2012.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
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  6. ^ "Domestic Totals & Top Routes July 2004 – March 2013". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  7. ^ "PK-GDC Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Press Release" (PDF). Golden Eagle Airlines. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Investigation AO-2012-093". Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "WAToday Online".