Broome International Airport
|Broome International Airport|
|Operator||Broome International Airport|
|Location||Broome, Western Australia|
|Elevation AMSL||56 ft / 17 m|
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.
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
|Airnorth||Darwin, Kununurra||All Year|
Seasonal: Brisbane , Sydney, Melbourne, typically from April to September
|All Year to Perth Only - Seasonal|
operated by Cobham Aviation
|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|
|Rank||Airport||Passengers carried||% change|
Accidents and incidents
- On 21 January 1974, Douglas C-47A PK-GDC of the Burmah Oil Co was damaged beyond economic repair in an accident.
- On 11 July 2012, a Piper PA-34 Seneca of Golden Eagle Airlines crashed into sand dunes near the runway threshold. The aircraft, registration VH-LCK was operating a scheduled cargo flight to Port Hedland in good weather conditions at night. The pilot who was the sole occupant was killed in the accident. Investigations by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau into the cause of the accident found that the collision was due to a likely loss of engine power.
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- submarine communications cable
- Australian overland telegraph line
- Attack on Broome
- Fiscal year 1 July – 30 June
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