Alice Springs Airport
is a small regional airport 14 kilometres south of Alice Springs
in the Northern Territory
The airport has two runways
, the largest of which can accommodate a Boeing 747
or 777 landing
(but not a fully laden takeoff
due to high temperatures and the runway length). The only scheduled flights using the airport are domestic, although international charters do use the airport on occasions. The airport is not subject to a curfew and operates 24 hours a day.
In the year ending 30 June 2009, the airport handled 674,215 passengers making it the 17th busiest airport in Australia.The facility is also extensively used to launch stratospheric research balloons
; the runways used for a balloon launch are closed for aircraft traffic during the balloon launch process.
On 5 October 1921 the first aircraft landed at the original airport located in the Alice Springs township. Connellan Airways
(later to become Connair) was based there from 1939. The military buildup in the north of Australia in the late 1930s saw the need for an airport that could take larger and heavier aircraft. This led to the construction of Seven Mile Aerodrome and the diminished role of the Town Site Drome from 1946 until its eventual abandonment in 1968. It is now the site of the Central Australian Aviation Museum.
Seven Mile Aerodrome was originally built in 1940 by the Australian Department of Defence
and was used primarily by... Read More