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Port Macquarie Airport (IATA: PQQ, ICAO: YPMQ) is an airport in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. The airport is 2.25 nautical miles (4.17 km; 2.59 mi) west[2] of the city centre and is owned and managed by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (ABN 11 236 901 601) on behalf of its owners - the constituents of the Hastings. The ownership is not to be confused with the Port Macquarie Airport Proprietary Limited (ABN 88 002 323 122). The airport had 222,534 revenue passengers, the 32nd busiest in Australia, and 4,821 aircraft movements in the 2017-2018.[3]

Port Macquarie Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorPort Macquarie-Hastings Council
ServesPort Macquarie, New South Wales
Elevation AMSL15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates31°26′09″S 152°51′48″E / 31.43583°S 152.86333°E / -31.43583; 152.86333Coordinates: 31°26′09″S 152°51′48″E / 31.43583°S 152.86333°E / -31.43583; 152.86333
YPMQ is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,800 5,906 Asphalt
Statistics (2017-18[1])
Aircraft movements4,821
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart.[2] Passengers and aircraft movements from BITRE[3]


Airlines and destinationsEdit

Virgin AustraliaEdit

On 4 February 2008, Virgin Blue (now Virgin Australia) commenced direct scheduled services between Sydney and Port Macquarie. The flights operate daily in the morning. The service used to be conducted by an Embraer E-170 aircraft, and is the first scheduled jet service for the airport. On 19 October 2011, Virgin Australia's ATR 72 departed on its first flight to Brisbane. Connections are offered to all major Australian cities via Sydney. An increase to twice-daily service commenced 4 August 2008.[4]

Competition by Virgin resulted in a significant drop in fare prices for the Port Macquarie - Sydney route, where Qantas previously operated a monopoly after Hazelton Airlines ceased services in 2001.[5]

On 28 July 2011, Virgin Australia (in partnership with Skywest Airlines) announced its intention to commence a daily Brisbane to Port Macquarie service from October 2011. Subject to regulatory approval, the flight will be operated by the airline's newly delivered ATR 72 aircraft on a once-daily basis. The airline also announced that, as a result of the removal of Embraer 170 aircraft from its fleet, Sydney to Port Macquarie services would also be operated by ATR72 aircraft.[6][7]

Aircraft operationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes into and out of Port Macquarie (year ending December 2016[1])[8]
Rank Airport Passengers % change Carriers
1   New South Wales, Sydney no data yet no data yet Virgin Australia, QantasLink
2   Queensland, Brisbane no data yet no data yet Qantaslink
3   Victoria, Essendon/Melbourne no data yet no data yet JETGO Australia
4   Lord Howe Island, Lord Howe Island no data yet no data yet Qantaslink Seasonal

Connections to Brisbane (via Coffs Harbour) by Brindabella Airlines ceased 31 December 2010, citing poor loads on the route.[9] Despite this, Virgin Australia entered the route on 19 October 2011 as a daily service with their ATR72 aircraft.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  2. ^ a b YPMQ – Port Macquarie (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 28 February 2019, Aeronautical Chart Archived 11 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Airport Traffic Data 1985-86 to 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2012. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  4. ^ Virgin Blue > News and Press Releases Archived 5 February 2013 at
  5. ^ Virgin Blue > News and Press Releases Archived 5 February 2013 at
  6. ^ Virgin Australia to expand Regional Network (Blog) Archived 19 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Virgin Australia Expands Regional Network Adding Gladstone and Port Macquarie and Increased Canberra Services
  8. ^ "Australian Domestic Airline Activity 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  9. ^ Brindabella Airlines to exit Port Macquarie Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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