Port Macquarie Airport, PQQ
Airport Name: Port Macquarie Airport
IATA Code: PQQ, ICAO Code: YPMQ
Airport Type: Medium Airport
Elevation: 4 metres.
Municipiality: Port Macquarie, Region: New South Wales, Country: Australia
Website: PQQ Airport Official Website
Wikipedia link: PQQ Airport on Wikipedia
The Port Macquarie Airport is one of the regional airports in New South Wales, located 5km from the Central Business District of the City of Port Macquarie. The airport is situated almost midway between Brisbane and Sydney. In 2010, the airport handled a total of 220,000 passengers and 5,393 aircraft movements. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is the owner, developer, and operator of the facility.
Port Macquarie Airport is one of the newest airports in the country. It is a separate business entity within the Council of Port Macquaries-Hastings. Its development as an airport was primarily triggered by the influx of visitors coming from different parts of the country who come to the North Coast region of New South Wales for its warm weather and many popular beaches.
Before the Airport Master Plan 2010 was created, there was a prior master plan designed by the Council in 2004. They decided to scrap the first master plan after they realized that something was amiss. In 2010, the Council proposed a new master plan for the redevelopment of the entire facility. Under this plan, the airport will undergo a redevelopment program that will transform the facility into a world-class regional airport.
With the new master plan, the Council is hoping that the airport will be able to handle forecast growth in passenger traffic. Likewise, they hope that the redevelopment of the facility will bring rewards to its already vibrant economy.
Despite being a small airport, Port Macquarie Airport boasts of two runways. The main runway (21/03), which is 1,600m long, is asphalted. The secondary runway 28/10, whose surface is grass, is only 696m long and is designed for light aircraft.
The terminal of Port Macquarie Airport, though small, houses an arrival and departure lounges. It also hosts a cafe where passengers can have a quick bite or some refreshments while waiting for their flight.
Flights and Destinations
QantasLink flies to Sydney five times daily on weekdays, and three times daily on weekends. Skywest Airlines similarly operates regular scheduled flights to Sydney twice daily. Other destinations include Brisbane serviced by Skywest and Lord Howe Island serviced by Qantas on a seasonal schedule.
Transport to and from the Airport
Transport options include major car rentals such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty. There is also a family-operated local car rental services, the Port Macquarie Airport Vehicles. Taxi cabs and limousine services are also available.