Townsville Airport is situated on a coastal plain between Rowes Bay and the Bohle River, 5km west of the city centre. The Airport orientation is such that the existing northern end of the main runway is only 1km from the coast, whilst the terminal and administration building area is approximately 2.6km inland.
Townsville Airport is 100% owned by Queensland Airports Limited.
To be recognised by our customers as Australia’s leading regional airport. Delivering the most welcoming experience in the tropics.
On 14 February 2005, Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the equity interests in Australian Airports (Townsville) Pty Limited and Australian Airports (Mount Isa) Pty Limited Airports. This sale was completed on 15 March 2005.
In August 2005, after extensive consultation with staff, business partners and stakeholders in the local community, Australian Airports (Townsville) Pty Limited was rebranded and renamed to Townsville Airport Pty Ltd (TAPL). TAPL is now taking on a new future direction focused on partnerships with airlines, stakeholders and staff to grow the Northern Queensland economy.
Townsville Airport is the centre of aviation in the North Queensland Region. Townsville Airport operates the airport under a Joint User Agreement with the Department of Defence, with Townsville Airport leasing an area of 81 hectares of the airport for civil aviation purposes. As a joint user facility, the responsibility for planning and development of the Airport is shared by both the Department of Defence and Townsville Airport.
Townsville Market Snapshot
Townsville Airport’s catchment area extends from Tully to the North, Charters Towers to the South West, and Bowen to the South. As the regional hub for North Queensland, Townsville is also a key transit and destination port servicing inland cities such as Mount Isa and the mining and residential communities of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Townsville’s population is young and vibrant. With a large proportion of young singles and families with higher than the national average income, the region is fuelled with energy.
The catchment areas draws from a population of around 250,000 with approximately 160,000 people living in the immediate Townsville CBD area.
Townsville Airport’s passenger mix is evenly spread between business and leisure, providing year round market stability. The itinerant population generates a strong visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market. Townsville’s inbound tourism market is growing as the destination develops.
Source: ABS Census data, 2006, Townsville Airport Passenger Survey, 2011