Port Macquarie Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Port Macquarie Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorPort Macquarie-Hastings Council
ServesPort Macquarie, New South Wales
Elevation AMSL15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates31°26′09″S 152°51′48″E / 31.43583°S 152.86333°E / -31.43583; 152.86333Coordinates: 31°26′09″S 152°51′48″E / 31.43583°S 152.86333°E / -31.43583; 152.86333
YPMQ is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,800 5,906 Asphalt
Statistics (2010-11[1])
Aircraft movements5,236
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart.[2] Passengers and aircraft movements from BITRE[3]

Port Macquarie Airport (IATA: PQQ, ICAO: YPMQ) is an airport in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. The airport is 2.25 nautical miles (4.17 km; 2.59 mi) west[2] of the city center and is owned and managed by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (ABN 11 236 901 601) on behalf of its owners - the constituents of the Hastings. The ownership is not to be confused with the Port Macquarie Airport Proprietary Limited (ABN 88 002 323 122). The airport had 218,897 revenue passengers, the 29th busiest in Australia, and 5,236 aircraft movements in the 2010-2011 financial year.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines Sydney
Seasonal: Lord Howe Island
Virgin Australia Sydney
Virgin Australia
operated by Alliance Airlines

Virgin Australia[edit]

On 4 February 2008, Virgin Blue (now Virgin Australia) commenced direct scheduled services between Sydney and Port Macquarie. The flights operate daily in the morning. The service used to be conducted by an Embraer E-170 aircraft, and is the first scheduled jet service for the airport. On 19 October 2011, Virgin Australia's ATR 72 departed on its first flight to Brisbane. Connections are offered to all major Australian cities via Sydney. An increase to twice-daily service commenced 4 August 2008.[4]

Competition by Virgin resulted in a significant drop in fare prices for the Port Macquarie - Sydney route, where Qantas previously operated a monopoly after Hazelton Airlines ceased services in 2001.[5]

On 28 July 2011, Virgin Australia (in partnership with Skywest Airlines) announced its intention to commence a daily Brisbane to Port Macquarie service from October 2011. Subject to regulatory approval, the flight will be operated by the airline's newly delivered ATR 72 aircraft on a once-daily basis. The airline also announced that, as a result of the removal of Embraer 170 aircraft from its fleet, Sydney to Port Macquarie services would also be operated by ATR72 aircraft.[6][7]

Aircraft operations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes into and out of Port Macquarie (year ending December 2016[1])[8]
Rank Airport Passengers % change Carriers
1  New South Wales, Sydney no data yet no data yet Virgin Australia, QantasLink
2  Queensland, Brisbane no data yet no data yet Qantaslink
3  Victoria, Essendon/Melbourne no data yet no data yet JETGO Australia
4  Lord Howe Island, Lord Howe Island no data yet no data yet Qantaslink Seasonal

Connections to Brisbane (via Coffs Harbour) by Brindabella Airlines ceased 31 December 2010, citing poor loads on the route.[9] Despite this, Virgin Australia entered the route on 19 October 2011 as a daily service with their ATR72 aircraft.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b YPMQ – Port Macquarie (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart Archived 11 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  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. ^ Virgin Blue > News and Press Releases Archived 5 February 2013 at Archive.is
  5. ^ Virgin Blue > News and Press Releases Archived 5 February 2013 at Archive.is
  6. ^ Virgin Australia to expand Regional Network (Blog) Archived 19 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b Virgin Australia Expands Regional Network Adding Gladstone and Port Macquarie and Increased Canberra Services
  8. ^ "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"
  9. ^ Brindabella Airlines to exit Port Macquarie Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]