Cessnock Airport is a popular Flight training aerodrome servicing Newcastle and Lower Hunter based pilots and students. It is usually considered so popular due to its large training area, which it shares with Maitland Airport and other Hunter Region aerodromes. It is home to two flight schools, Hunter Valley Aviation (a campus of Basair Aviation College, based in Bankstown NSW) and Achieve Aviation. The airport is also home to two helicopter charter companies; Slattery Helicopter Charter and Hunter Valley Helicopters which operate from the Eastern Apron. Early morning Hot air balloon flights are also conducted in close proximity to the aerodrome in the early hours of the day.