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Great Barrier Reef Airport

Airport overview

The main air hub for the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island Airport is the islands’ only airport with the facilities and capacity to cater for commercial aircraft.

The airport’s single runway and main parking apron are suitable for up to B737/A320 aircraft, with additional parking for corporate jets. Prior parking approval is required for general aviation aircraft. Aviation fuel is available at the airport, and the schedule of fees and charges includes landing and passenger service fees.

Ground handling, aircraft servicing, marshalling and baggage handling services are provided by local operators. As a security controlled airport, the requirements of the Aviation Transport Security Act and Regulations apply to airside activities. During operational periods the main apron is a Security Restricted Area. Security measures include the screening of aircraft crew and passengers.

Operational facilities

Runways and Taxiways
There is one runway at Great Barrier Reef Airport to cater for aircraft traffic.  The main runway (Runway 14/32) is 1764m long and 45m wide and is suitable for aircraft up to B737/A320 size.

Aircraft parking aprons
Airline aircraft are catered for on the main parking apron where four B737/A320 size aircraft, plus a large corporate jet type aircraft can be parked at any given time. Space is limited for General Aviation aircraft parking Great Barrier Reef Airport suggests you arrange prior parking approval.

Navigational aids
The airport has a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) visual navigational aid and VHF Omni Range (VOR) radio aids to pilots.

Air traffic control
The airport has a Control Tower which is operated by Airservices Australia.  The Tower operating hours are published in NOTAM.

Airport rescue and firefighting
A rescue and fire fighting service is provided for all airline flights by Airservices Australia.

Further details
Further details of the facilities for pilots are contained in Airservices Australia publications; En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA), and Departure and Approach Paths-East (DAP-East).  Pilots should access this information through the Airservices Australia website and their Pilot Centre.


Contact details for Airport Operations are detailed in ERSA.

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