Tennant Creek Airport

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Tennant Creek Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorTennant Creek Airport Pty Ltd
LocationTennant Creek, Northern Territory
Elevation AMSL1,236 ft / 377 m
Coordinates19°38′04″S 134°11′00″E / 19.63444°S 134.18333°E / -19.63444; 134.18333Coordinates: 19°38′04″S 134°11′00″E / 19.63444°S 134.18333°E / -19.63444; 134.18333
YTNK is located in Northern Territory
Location in the Northern Territory
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,959 6,427 Asphalt
11/29 1,054 3,458 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Tennant Creek Airport (IATA: TCA, ICAO: YTNK) is a small regional airport located near Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia.

Located one kilometre from the remote outback township of Tennant Creek, the airport caters to mining companies and small predominantly Aboriginal communities in the surrounding area, providing an important link for the local population with Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin and other regional centres.

Currently the airport is served by two airlines, Fly Tiwi (Hardy Aviation) operate twice weekly services to Darwin. In June 2013, Chartair began services twice weekly to Alice Springs after receiving a subsidy from the Federal Government to operate the route under the Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme.[2] Both companies usually use twin-engine Cessna 402 or 441 type aircraft for flights to and from Tennant Creek. Other operations include mail flights to outlying communities, charters and aeromedical flights.


World War II[edit]

During World War II the airfield was utilised as a staging airfield between South Australia and Darwin, Northern Territory by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Units that ultised Tennant Creek Airfield[edit]

Post War[edit]

The terminal facilities at Tennant Creek Airport were constructed during the 1960s.

On 1 April 1989, the Federal Airports Corporation took control of the airport and on 10 June 1998, passed control and management to the Airport Development Group (ADG). ADG hold a 50-year lease over Tennant Creek Airport with free option for a further 49 years.[citation needed]

The current operator of the airport is Tennant Creek Airport Pty Ltd.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airnorth Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine[3]
Chartair Alice Springs

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b YTNK – Tennant Creek (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 28 February 2019, Aeronautical Chart Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Tennant to Alice Springs flights make a comeback". Tennant Creek Times. 21 June 2013.
  3. ^ http://australianaviation.com.au/2015/09/airnorth-launches-centre-run-flights-between-darwin-and-alice-springs/

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