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Public Carpark
Short-term and long-term parking is located adjacent to the passenger terminal. The public carpark is an automatic car park run by Wilson Carparking. On entry to the car park you are allocated a ticket. This ticket needs to be paid only when you are departing the airport (not on arrival). When paying your ticket you will need to pay at the pay stations located outside of the international arrivals hall and next to the taxi ranks.

If you require a receipt you will need to put your ticket into the paystation then press the receipt button before entering your money.

Please note that the paystation does not accept AUS$50 and AUS$100 notes.

Bus Services
Australia Coach operates an airport shuttle bus service to hotels and the city centre - fare $8.00 per person and children under 3 travel free.

Sun Palm Express Coaches operate services to the Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation.

Both companies pick up immediately in front of the arrivals area at both terminals and both operate an information desk within the terminal, which if not staffed, have direct-dial telephone.

Free taxi telephones are located in the arrival halls and the taxi ranks are immediately outside. The average fare to the city is $15.30.

Courtesy Coaches
Most of the major hotels in the region operate their own courtesy coach service to and from the airport.

Terminal Transfers
A five-minute walk along a covered walkway connects the domestic and international terminals.

Australian Customs
Australian Customs play a major role at Cairns International Airport, screening passengers and baggage in and out of Cairns.

Custom officers collect import duties and sales tax, check passengers and baggage for drugs, dangerous goods and prohibited items. For more information about the Australian Customs Service visit their website at

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
The role of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is to prevent the entry into Australia of exotic pests, diseases and weeds that could affect plant, animal and human health and our environment.

Cairns International Airport (IATA: CNS, ICAO: YBCS) is an Australian domestic and international airport in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. It is operated by the Cairns Port Authority. The airport is located 7km north of the Cairns CBD in the suburb of Aeroglen. The airport lies between Mount Whitfield on the west and Trinity Bay on the east. It is situated on reclaimed land - the airport site was originally a mangrove swamp.

The airport serves international, domestic and general aviation flights including a number of helicopter operators located at the airport. Flights are operated to major Australian cities and tourist destinations, regional communities in north Queensland and a number of international destinations in the Asia Pacific region with connections to the rest of the world. The airport is the main base for Australian Airlines and is also a base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Queensland Emergency Service search and rescue helicopters.


  • Aero-Tropics Air Services
  • Air New Zealand (Auckland)
  • Air Niugini (Port Moresby)
  • Australian Airlines (Darwin, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka-Kansai, Sapporo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita)
  • Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
  • Continental Micronesia (Guam [seasonal])
  • Hevi Lift (charter)
  • Hinterland Aviation (charter)
  • Jetstar (Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne (Tullamarine))
  • Macair Airlines
  • MBA International (charter)
  • Qantas (Darwin, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Tokyo-Narita)
  • QantasLink (Horn Island, Weipa, Gove, Alice Springs)
  • Virgin Blue (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne)
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service (Emergency Medical Retrieval and outback medical clinics)

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