Coffs Harbour Airport
|Coffs Harbour Airport|
View of the airport terminal from the runway
|IATA: CFS – ICAO: YCFS|
|Operator||Coffs Harbour City Council|
|Elevation AMSL||18 ft / 5 m|
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 five airlines QantasLink, Virgin Australia, Tigerair, Fly Corporate and Fly Pelican. 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.
Airport facilities and services
Open air paid parking is provided for over 200 cars.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Fly Corporate||Brisbane |
|FlyPelican||Newcastle (begins 17 October 2016)|
operated by Eastern Australia Airlines
|Tigerair Australia||Melbourne, Sydney|
|1||New South Wales, Sydney Airport||308,864||3.3||Virgin Australia, QantasLink|
Incidents and accidents
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. The aircraft was subsequently scrapped.
On 16 April 2014, an National Trenching company. A bell 206 helicopter crashed shortly after take off due to an engine failure near Coffs Aero Club. It was believed that the engine was surging and it was turned off and then shortly after it was shut down it stalled and crashed. At least two people were injured but all were survived. It is still under investigation by the ATSB
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- Domestic airline activity
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