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Great Barrier Reef Airport

Great Barrier Reef Airport
Airport information
 Location of airport in Queensland
Airport typePublic
LocationHamilton Island (Queensland)
Elevation5 m (15 ft)

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Great Barrier Reef Airport (formerly Hamilton Island Airport) is the primary airport of the Whitsunday Islands Group, and airport of Hamilton Island. The airport is settled on mostly reclaimed land and due the island's tourism status, is occupied mostly and favoured by Australia's leading low-cost airlines, Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia.

The airport suffered heavily in September 2001 with the demise of Ansett Australia, which operated more heavily out of the airport than any other airline with flights to Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Then a year later in October 2002 a light plane crashed shortly after take off, killing 6 people. In the year ending 30 June 2009 the airport handled 434,305 passengers. It is ranked 19th busiest airport in Australia.

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