Hinterland Aviation

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Hinterland Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 11 May 1984 (11 May 1984)
Hubs Cairns
Fleet size 15
Destinations 7 (Scheduled)
Headquarters Cairns, Australia
Key people Mark Dorward (Managing director)
Website www.hinterlandaviation.com.au

Hinterland Aviation is a regional airline and charter company based at Cairns Airport in Far North Queensland, Australia. The business operates scheduled flights from Cairns to Cooktown, Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw. Also from Townsville to Palm Island Established in 1984, there are 15 aircraft in the fleet.[1]

Hinterland Cessna Caravan at Cairns airport in 2012


The airline was established in 1984 as a charter operation servicing the mining industry, Hinterland Aviation Pty Ltd was acquired by retail travel firm Trailfinders in 1992 and developed a firm footing in the tourism charter industry. The engineering division started in 1995 to support the local needs of the Far North aviation industry.[2] The business was sold in mid 2015 to Broome Air Services whose Chief Executive Peter Christoudias described it as a merger, not a takeover. [3]


Hinterland has a fleet of 15 aircraft:[4]


From its Cairns base scheduled airline services operate to Cooktown, Lizard Island, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw and Palm Island from its base in Townsville . The airline also operates numerous charter flights for private clients and QLD Government Agencies as well as International Medical Evacuation flights into and out of Papua New Guinea.

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