Whitsunday Coast Airport
Whitsunday Coast Airport
|Owner||Whitsunday Regional Council|
|Operator||Whitsunday Regional Council|
|Location||Proserpine, Queensland, Australia|
|Elevation AMSL||82 ft / 25 m|
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).
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. The aerodrome was officially opened on Saturday 3 November 1951.
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.
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.
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
|Jetstar Airways||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney|
|Tigerair Australia||Brisbane, Sydney|
Accidents and incidents
- On August 9, 1981 a Cessna 210 departed the airport for Bankstown Airport in Sydney. The plane disappeared over the Barrington Tops in NSW and has never been located see 1981 Barrington Tops Cessna 210 disappearance.
- On May 11, 1990 a Cessna 500 Astec Eagle departed the airport for Mareeba, Queensland containing local government staff, the plane subsequently crashed 15km south of Mareeba Airport killing all 11 people on board.
- On April 2, 2009 a Robinson R22 helicopter piloted by a 36yr old man conducting training of a 26yr old passenger crashed, the 36yr old sustained head injuries.
- PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 28 February 2019, Aeronautical Chart Archived 11 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine (
- Airport Flight Departures Airport Guide
- 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
- "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.
- "UNDER WAY - The Proserpine Guardian (Qld. : 1935 - 1954) - 3 Mar 1950". Trove. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- "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.
- "Whitsunday Coast Airport Upgrade". Queensland Government Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- "Council starts airport discussions". APN. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- 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.
- Airport Transfers Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine Whitsunday Transit
- (PDF). Bureau of Air Safety Investigation https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5226659/199003068.pdf. Retrieved 3 March 2019. Missing or empty
- https://aviation-safety.net/. Aviation Safety Network (ASN) https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19900511-0. Retrieved 3 March 2019. Missing or empty
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- "Print Email Facebook Twitter More Authorities probe Proserpine chopper crash". ABC. ABC. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- Media related to Whitsunday Coast Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Dick Smith safety report on Proserpine Tower
- Department of Infrastructure and Planning - Whitsunday Coast Airport terminal upgrade