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Townsville Airport

Airport information
 Location of airport in Queensland
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OwnerDepartment of Defence
OperatorQueensland Airports Limited
ServesTownsville, Queensland
LocationGarbutt, Queensland
Elevation5 m (18 ft)

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Townsville Airport is a major Australian regional airport that services the city of Townsville. The airport is also known as Townsville International Airport, and Garbutt Airport, a reference to its location in the Townsville suburb of Garbutt. Townsville Airport is serviced by major Australian domestic and regional airlines, and in 2009/10 handled 1,644,089 passengers making it the 11th busiest airport in Australia.

Townsville International Airport is a common-use civilian and defence facility, sharing access with RAAF Base Townsville. It is used as a staging point for Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations within Australia and internationally. The aerodrome has also been used for coordination of relief efforts following Tropical Cyclones and other natural disasters, notably Cyclone Larry in 2006.

Townsville Airport was the first Australian regional city airport to be granted international airport status commencing in 1980. International traffic grew substantially through the early 1980s then receded however as a result of airline market restructuring, and significant competition with Cairns Airport for regional tourism. The airport then suffered an extended hiatus from handling direct civil international flights with the final Qantas international service in 2002, between Townsville and Singapore via Brisbane using a Boeing 767. From December 2010, the city again began to handle direct international flights, flown by Strategic Airlines and initially to Bali Denpasar Airport. The airport maintains customs capacity and the potential for expanded international services.

The airport is the Northern Australian focus city for Virgin Australia, and has developed an aerospace precinct attracting major civil and military maintenance activities.

The airport is located 5 km from the Townsville CBD.

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