Cessnock Airport

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Cessnock Airport
Owner Cessnock City Council
Operator Cessnock City Council
Serves Cessnock
Location Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia
Elevation AMSL 211 ft / 64 m
Coordinates 32°47′18″S 151°20′30″E / 32.78833°S 151.34167°E / -32.78833; 151.34167Coordinates: 32°47′18″S 151°20′30″E / 32.78833°S 151.34167°E / -32.78833; 151.34167
YCNK is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 1,097 3,599 Asphalt
Sources: AIP[1]

Cessnock Airport (IATA: CESICAO: YCNK) is a civil airport located 6 km (4 mi) (by road) north of Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia.


Built by the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942 during World War II named as RAAF Base Pokolbin, as part of a system of parent and satellite aerodromes proposed throughout New South Wales. The aerodrome was known as RAAF Station Pokolbin. The aerodrome had two runways 5,000 by 160 ft (1,524 by 49 m) wide side by side.[2]

The aerodrome was proposed to have the following satellite aerodromes, Glendon, Rothbury and Weston, however Rothbury and Weston do not appear to have been constructed.[2]

Airport usage[edit]

Cessnock Airport is a popular Flight training aerodrome servicing Newcastle and Lower Hunter based pilots and students. It is usually considered so popular due to its large training area, which it shares with Maitland Airport and other Hunter Region aerodromes. It is home to two flight schools, Hunter Valley Aviation (a campus of Basair Aviation College, based in Bankstown NSW) and Achieve Aviation. The airport is also home to two helicopter charter companies; Slattery Helicopter Charter and Hunter Valley Helicopters which operate from the Eastern Apron. Early morning Hot air balloon flights are also conducted in close proximity to the aerodrome in the early hours of the day.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YCNK – Cessnock (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 18 August 2016
  2. ^ a b "Appendix F - World War II Aerodromes and Landing Grounds in NSW" (PDF). NSW Heritage Office. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 

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