Lockhart River Airport

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Lockhart River Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorLockhart River Aerodrome Company Pty Ltd
LocationLockhart River
Elevation AMSL77 ft / 23 m
Coordinates12°47′13″S 143°18′17″E / 12.78694°S 143.30472°E / -12.78694; 143.30472Coordinates: 12°47′13″S 143°18′17″E / 12.78694°S 143.30472°E / -12.78694; 143.30472
YLHR is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,500 4,921 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Lockhart River Airport (IATA: IRG, ICAO: YLHR) (also known as Iron Range Airport) is an airport in Lockhart River, Queensland, Australia, located approximately 800 km (500 mi) north of Cairns on the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula. Being so remote with the road to Lockhart River being unpassable during the tropical wet season, the airport provides a vital transport hub for the community as well as being the only means of freighting in critical medical and other supplies during the summer months.


The airport was constructed during World War II, and was used as a bomber and communications base for many years. Known World War II United States Army Air Forces Fifth Air Force units assigned to Iron Range Airport were:

19th Bombardment Squadron, (15 September 1942 – 4 February 1943) B-26 Marauder
33d Bombardment Squadron, (29 September 1942 – 4 February 1943) B-26 Marauder

In addition, the 479th Service Squadron provided supplies for the B-26 and B-17s assigned to the airport, as well as operating a repair and maintenance depot for B-24 Liberator aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Skytrans Airlines Cairns, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Coen

Visit http://www.skytrans.com.au/flights/schedule/ for more information on flight times and destinations.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 7 May 2005 a Fairchild Metroliner aircraft crashed 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) north-west of Lockhart River Airport, killing all 15 people on board. The aircraft had flown from Bamaga and was preparing to land at the airport.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YLHR – Lockhart River (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart Archived 11 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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