Coffs Harbour Airport

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Coffs Harbour Airport
View of the airport terminal from the runway
Airport typePublic
OperatorCoffs Harbour City Council
LocationCoffs Harbour
Elevation AMSL18 ft / 5 m
Coordinates30°19′12″S 153°07′00″E / 30.32000°S 153.11667°E / -30.32000; 153.11667Coordinates: 30°19′12″S 153°07′00″E / 30.32000°S 153.11667°E / -30.32000; 153.11667
YCFS is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,080 6,824 Asphalt
10/28 849 2,785 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft movements27,248
Sources: AIP,[1] Aircraft movements from Airservices Australia[2]
View of a Virgin Blue E190 (from Observation Deck) that has just arrived from Sydney, preparing for its return journey
View of departures lounge, in the middle of the terminal, with a Virgin Blue E190 on the tarmac in the background
View of check-in area, at the northern end of the terminal with guests waiting in line to check in for Virgin Blue flight DJ1162 to Sydney

Coffs Harbour Airport (IATA: CFS, ICAO: YCFS) (formerly ICAO code of YSCH until November 2007) is the only airport located in and serving the regional centre of Coffs Harbour, Australia. The airport is located near Boambee, south of Coffs Harbour. Coffs Harbour Regional Airport is one of the largest and busiest regional airports in New South Wales, handling numerous types of aircraft. The airport is currently serviced by four airlines QantasLink, Virgin Australia, Tigerair and Fly Corporate. Coffs Harbour is one of the only regional airports in New South Wales to have an Air Traffic Control tower. The airport has the capacity to handle any aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767. Coffs Harbour airport is located right at the doorstep of the Pacific Highway which links all of Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas to the airport.

In 2011 the airport handled over 27,000 aircraft movements. The terminal handled 413,000 passengers in the 2017 financial year,[3] making it the 22nd busiest airport in Australia.[4]

Airport facilities and services[edit]


Open air paid parking is provided for over 200 cars.[5]

Indoor security parking is also available for a higher price.[6]

CFS offers a small, refreshing lounge for Qantas frequent flyers. It opens 1 hour prior to each Qantas flight, and was renovated in 2017. The lounge offers drinks and light refreshments.[7]


The airport was established by the Council in 1928. It was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II for the purposes of an airbase for anti submarine patrols. No. 71 Squadron and 'C' Flight No. 73 Squadron operated from the base from 1943 until being disbanded in late 1944. No. 12 Operational Base Unit maintained and serviced the airfield during its operation. A number of bunkers associated with the RAAF's occupation of the airfield exist near the airfield.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Fly Corporate Brisbane[8]
QantasLink Sydney
Tigerair Australia Melbourne, Sydney[9]
Virgin Australia Sydney


Annual passenger statistics for Coffs Harbour Airport[4]
Year[3] Total
2004-05 273,449 7,011
2005-06 322,206 7,954
2006-07 323,565 7,870
2007-08 337,698 7,436
2008-09 321,678 7,143
2009-10 323,687 7,129
2010-11 341,116 6,928


Busiest Domestic Routes out of Coffs Harbour Airport(Year Ending September 2010)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers % change Carriers
1  New South Wales, Sydney Airport 308,864 Increase 3.3 Virgin Australia, QantasLink, TigerAir Australia
2  Victoria, Melbourne Airport no data yet no data yet TigerAir Australia
3  Queensland, Brisbane Airport no data yet no data yet Fly corporate
4  New South Wales, Newcastle Airport no data yet no data yet Flypelican

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 15 May 2003, an Ambulance Service of New South Wales Beechcraft B200C King Air aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Coffs Harbour Airport after it hit the sea or a reef near the Coffs Harbour boat harbour during an instrument approach in heavy rain and poor visibility. One of the main landing gear legs was torn off; there were no injuries.[11] The aircraft was subsequently scrapped.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YCFS – Coffs Harbour (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 15 August 2019
  2. ^ "Movements at Australian Airports" (PDF). Airservices Australia. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  4. ^ 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 8 May 2012. Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  5. ^ Coffs Airport Facilities Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed 13 May 2011
  6. ^ [1] Archived 13 October 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [2], accessed Wednesday 3 May 2017
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ Domestic airline activity Archived 21 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Final ATSB report into the Coffs Harbour CFIT accident, Accessed September 2007

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