Whitsunday Coast Airport

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Not to be confused with Whitsunday Airport.
Whitsunday Coast Airport
Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport
Proserpine Airport Terminal, January 2012.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Whitsunday Regional Council
Operator Whitsunday Regional Council
Location Proserpine, Queensland, Australia
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 20°29′42″S 148°33′06″E / 20.49500°S 148.55167°E / -20.49500; 148.55167Coordinates: 20°29′42″S 148°33′06″E / 20.49500°S 148.55167°E / -20.49500; 148.55167
YBPN is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,073 6,801 Asphalt
06/24 1,100 3,608 Unmarked Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Whitsunday Coast Airport (IATA: PPPICAO: YBPN) (also known as Proerpine Airport) is located 14 kilometres south of Proserpine in Queensland, Australia. The airport is the main gateway for travellers to and from the Whitsunday Islands with Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia operatng flights to Brisbane.[2]

In the year ending 30 June 2014, the airport handled 282,000 passengers.[3]


Plans to build an airfield in Proserpine commenced in 1936, however construction was delayed due to a lack of funding. Construction of the airport finally began in 1946.[citation needed]

In September 2001, the airport suffered heavily from the collapse of Ansett Australia, who at the time were the biggest operator out of Proserpine with direct services to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. It also operated seasonal flights to the Gold Coast and Adelaide.

The airport underwent an upgrade in 2010. The upgraded terminal was officially opened on 20 December 2011.[4]

In January 2014, Whitsunday Regional Council announced it was to discuss with the Government of Queensland the process for designating the airport precinct a PDA (Priority Development Area). This would make the future process of extending the runway the relatively short distance required to receive international services easier and to alleviate the industrial land crisis that has been affecting the Whitsunday Region for many years.[5]

In 2015, the council announced it planned to sell a lease on 49% of the airport to fund an extension to allow international flight to operate.[3][6][7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Jetstar Airways Brisbane[2]
Virgin Australia Brisbane[2]

Public Transport[edit]

Whitsunday Transit operate bus services from the airport.[8]


  1. ^ YBPN – Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  2. ^ a b c Airport Flight Departures Airport Guide
  3. ^ a b Whitsunday Council moves ahead with airport long-term leasing plan, stresses no sale ABC News 23 October 2015
  4. ^ "Whitsunday Coast Airport Upgrade". Queensland Government Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Council starts airport discussions". APN. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  6. ^ $59 million upgrade planned for Whitsunday Coast Airport Daily Mercury 23 July 2015
  7. ^ Beautiful one day, airport up for sale the next Australian Financial Review 17 September 2015
  8. ^ Airport Transfers Whitsunday Transit

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