Whitsunday Coast Airport

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Proserpine Airport

Whitsunday Coast Airport
Proserpine Airport Terminal, January 2012.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerWhitsunday Regional Council
OperatorWhitsunday Regional Council
LocationProserpine, Queensland, Australia
Elevation AMSL82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates20°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: PPP, ICAO: 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 29 November 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]

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

Public Transport[edit]

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


  1. ^ YBPN – Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart Archived 11 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Airport Flight Departures Airport Guide
  3. ^ Whitsunday Council moves ahead with airport long-term leasing plan, stresses no sale Archived 19 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine. ABC News 23 October 2015
  4. ^ "Whitsunday Coast Airport forecast to handle 900,000 passengers by 2035 | Australian Aviation". australianaviation.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  5. ^ "UNDER WAY - The Proserpine Guardian (Qld. : 1935 - 1954) - 3 Mar 1950". Trove. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. ^ "OFFICIAL OPENING - Proserpine's £20,000 'Drome.TAA Service Receives Good Support - The Proserpine Guardian (Qld. : 1935 - 1954) - 9 Nov 1951". Trove. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Whitsunday Coast Airport Upgrade". Queensland Government Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Council starts airport discussions". APN. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Jetstar adds Sydney – Proserpine route from April 2017". Routesonline. Archived from the original on 28 December 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  10. ^ Airport Transfers Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Whitsunday Transit

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