Great Barrier Reef Airport

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Great Barrier Reef Airport

Hamilton Island
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Great Barrier Reef Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorGreat Barrier Reef Airport Pty Ltd.
LocationHamilton Island (Queensland)
Elevation AMSL15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates20°21′29″S 148°57′06″E / 20.35806°S 148.95167°E / -20.35806; 148.95167Coordinates: 20°21′29″S 148°57′06″E / 20.35806°S 148.95167°E / -20.35806; 148.95167
YBHM is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 1,764 5,787 Asphalt
Statistics (2010–11[1])
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2] BITRE[3]

Great Barrier Reef Airport or Hamilton Island Airport (IATA: HTI, ICAO: YBHM) is a privately owned public use aerodrome and is the primary airport of the Whitsunday Islands Group, and the airport of Hamilton Island. The airport is settled on mostly reclaimed land and due the island's tourism status, is occupied mostly and favoured by Australia's leading low-cost airline Jetstar Airways, as well as Virgin Australia and Qantas. Hamilton Island Airport handles direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns and is also the airport launch pad for scenic flights to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Private flights and charters also fly into Great Barrier Reef Airport, along with locally operated helicopters, light planes and seaplanes.

Initially constructed in the 1980s[4], the airport suffered heavily in September 2001 with the demise of Ansett Australia, which operated more heavily out of the airport than any other airline with flights to Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

In the year ending 30 June 2011[1] the airport handled 457,641 passengers making it the 19th busiest airport in Australia.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Jetstar Airways Sydney
Qantas Melbourne,[5] Sydney[6]
QantasLink operated by Sunstate Airlines Brisbane,[7] Cairns
Regional Air Charter: Mackay[8]
Virgin Australia Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney


Busiest domestic routes into and out of Hamilton Island Airport
(FY 2011[1])[9]
Rank Airport Passengers carried % change
1 New South Wales, Sydney Airport 180,109 Increasen/a*
2 Queensland, Brisbane Airport 170,376 Decrease4.6

*Sydney route included from July 2009

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Fiscal year 1 July – 30 June
  2. ^ YBHM – Hamilton (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart
  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 8 May 2012. Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Media Releases - QANTAS AND JETSTAR BOOST QUEENSLAND FLYING - Qantas News Room".
  6. ^ "QANTAS ANNOUNCES NEW DOMESTIC ROUTES". Qantas. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. ^ "QantasLink to enter Brisbane-Hamilton Island route - Australian Aviation".
  8. ^ "Home".
  9. ^ "Australian Domestic Airline Activity 2010–11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"

External links[edit]

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