Whitsunday Coast Airport

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Proserpine Airport
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]

Proserpine Airport (IATA: PPPICAO: YBPN) (also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport) is located 14 kilometres south of Proserpine in Queensland, Australia. The airport serves the mainland and offshore islands with flights to Brisbane (Jetstar Airways, Tigerair, Virgin Australia), Sydney (Tigerair) and Melbourne (Jetstar Airways).[2]

In the year ending 30 June 2014, the airport handled 282,000 passengers.[3] It is expected that by 2035 the airport will be handling in excess of 900,000 passengers.[4]


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 1950.[5] The aerodrome was officially opened on Saturday 3 November 1951.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

On November 29, 2015 it was reported in Queensland State News that Proserpine airport would be offering international charter flights from 2016 through the aviation company AVMIN. The first destination announced is Auckland, New Zealand's largest city.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Jetstar Airways Brisbane,[2] Melbourne,[2] Sydney[9]
Tigerair Australia Brisbane, Sydney[2]
Virgin Australia Brisbane[2]

Public Transport[edit]

Whitsunday Transit operate bus services from the airport.[10]


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