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Airlines serving Townsville

  • Qantas
  • Brisbane (Five times Daily)
  • Sydney (Once Daily)
  • QantasLink
  • Cairns
  • Mackay
  • Virgin Blue
  • Brisbane (Thrice Daily)
  • Sydney (Once Daily)
  • Jetstar
  • Brisbane (Once Daily)
  • Sydney (4x Weekly)
  • Melbourne (3x Weekly)
  • Alliance Airlines
  • Brisbane (1x Weekly)
  • Fly In, Fly Out charters to numerous Mines in Outback Qld
  • Macair Airlines
  • Mount Isa
  • Cloncurry
  • Hughenden
  • Winton
  • Moranbah
  • Skytrans Airlines
  • Cairns

History of the Airport Garbutt Airport (now known as Townsville International Airport) was opened in 1939, after relocating from an old airfield which was located in the southern Townsville suburb of Annandale, This airfield was subject to frequent flooding due to climatic conditions in the region (i.e cyclones, thunderstorms, and wind to name a few) and being built on and near wetlands. So Garbutt Airport was built, ironically also on wetlands but not subject to as much flooding as the old airport (which is now a sports reserve and housing estate). In 1939, the year World War 2 was declared, the Royal Australian Air Force also decided to set up a base at Garbutt Airport, and the USAAF also used the Airport as a major base for battles in the South Sea, thus making Garbutt Airport one of the largest airports in the Southern Hemisphere during the war.

Townsville Airport saw an increasing number of passengers and Aircraft movements since WWII, with many flights operated by Qantas, TAA, ANA and Ansett, with flights to Brisbane, though it wasn't until the mid 1960's when the Airport really took off. Trans Australia Airways and Ansett - ANA, were receiving numerous jet Aircraft, namely Boeing 727's and DC-9s, and Townsville was a mini hub for both Airlines during the 1970s. In April 1980, Sir Rupert Murdoch and Sir Peter Abeles, the new owners of Ansett were requesting for international flights to begin in some regional centres of Australia and on 18 April 1980, the inaugural Townsville-Singapore flight began, operated by Ansett, one of the first international flights Ansett had ever operated. In the same year, Townsville Airport was given $13m by the government-owned operator, Federal Airports Limited, to construct and build a new state-of-the-art international terminal, and in 1981, it was opened with the arrival of a Qantas Boeing 747. Destinations included were Singapore, Auckland, Tokyo, Hong Kong and even Honolulu, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, making Townsville the first regional Australian airport to offer direct long-distance international flights. Airlines included, Qantas, Ansett, Continental Micronesia, Garuda Indonesia, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and JAL at one stage.

Airport Facts

Townsville International Airport (IATA: TSV, ICAO: YBTL) is a major Australian regional airport that services the cities of Townsville and Thuringowa, Queensland. The airport is also known as Garbutt Airport, as it is situated in the Townsville suburb of Garbutt and was known originally as Garbutt Airport. Townsville International Airport is serviced by major Australian Domestic and Regional airlines, and in 2004/05 handled over 1,187,143 passengers.

Townsville International Airport, was the first airport in Queensland other than Brisbane to be granted international airport status, but since 2002, Townsville International Airport has no longer handled direct international flights. However, Pacific Blue offers connecting flights to Christchurch (New Zealand), Nadi (Fiji) and Port Vila (Vanuatu) off its Virgin Blue counterpart flights to Brisbane and Sydney, which the airport does classify as international flights.

The last actual international flight was operated by Qantas in 2002, between Townsville and Singapore via Brisbane using a Boeing 767. Townsville International Airport was closed for two days in March 2006 due to Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry.

Terminals and Facilities Townsville International Airport has an integrated terminal building, with the southern part of the building, the international terminal, and the northern part, the domestic terminal. The terminal has four aerobridges, with the international aerobridge installed in 1981 and the three domestic aerobridges installed in 2003. The current terminal opened in two stages, the first stage opened 1981 as the international terminal, and the second in 1987 as the domestic terminal, and in 2003, a redevelopment of the domestic side was opened.

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