Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport

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Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Location Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Elevation AMSL 1,203 ft / 367 m
Coordinates 30°47′22″S 121°27′42″E / 30.78944°S 121.46167°E / -30.78944; 121.46167Coordinates: 30°47′22″S 121°27′42″E / 30.78944°S 121.46167°E / -30.78944; 121.46167
Website www.kalbould.wa.gov.au/...
Map
YPKG is located in Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
18/36 1,200 3,937 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[1])
Passengers 259,958
Aircraft movements 2,779
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2]
Passenger and aircraft movements from the BITRE[3]

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport (IATA: KGIICAO: YPKG) is an airport in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The airport is 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) south of the city.[2]

Construction and fencing of the Kalgoorlie Aerodrome commenced in 1928,[4] and completed the following year with Royal Australian Airforce landing five Wapiti Jupiter Series aeroplanes in front of large crowds. The aeroplanes were making their way to Perth in preparation for the East-West Air Race.[5]

Ownership of the airport was transferred from the Commonwealth Government to the Shire of Boulder in 1989 with a A$4.2 million grant to construct a new terminal and additional runway space. The new airport opened in November 1992.[6]

In November 2007, Skywest Airlines attempted a three times weekly direct service from Kalgoorlie to Melbourne, which failed due to lack of patronage. This service was reinstated once weekly, departing on a Friday and returning on a Sunday. The airport handled 259,958 passengers in the year ending 30 June 2011 making it the 21st busiest airport in Australia.[1][3] Early in 2010 they were re-introduced by Skywest Airlines. QantasLink also started flights between Kalgoorlie and Adelaide due to the lack of services between the goldfields and the eastern states of Australia. Kalgoorlie Airport is a major hub for fly-in fly-out service due to the mining boom in the region. Kalgoorlie Airport is also a hub for the Goldfields Air Services which offers chartering and flight lessons, along with the Royal Flying Doctor Service which uses Kalgoorlie as a hub due the lack of medical assistance for people in the region, transporting major injuries from Kalgoorlie to Perth.

Kalgoorlie Airport has a single terminal which was recently[when?] upgraded. The airport is served by two airlines. Following its takeover of Skywest in 2013, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines uses Kalgoorlie as a stop over for its Melbourne routes, whilst Qantas has always had a much stronger appearance in the airport. The airport also used to serve Ansett Australia before they went bankrupt.

Not long after the Virgin take over of Skywest, the Kalgoorlie to Melbourne services switched operators to Virgin Australia instead of the Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Alliance Airlines Perth
Qantas Perth
QantasLink operated by Network Aviation Perth
QantasLink operated by Cobham Aviation Perth
Virgin Australia Perth, Melbourne

Operations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes into and out of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport
(FY 2016[1])[7]
Rank Airport Passengers carried  % change
1  Western Australia, Perth Airport 237,076 Increase11.7
2  Victoria, Melbourne Airport No data Increaseno data

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b YPKG – Kalgoorlie-Boulder (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 09 November 2017, 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 27 June 2012.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  4. ^ "Advertising". Kalgoorlie Miner. Kalgoorlie, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 19 September 1928. p. 2. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Air Force Planes". Kalgoorlie Miner. Kalgoorlie, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 2 October 1929. p. 1. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Background". City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Australian Domestic Airline Activity 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"

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