Darwin International Airport

Darwin International Airport

In 1919 when the England to Australia air race was announced, Darwin Airport was established in the suburb of Parap to act as the Australian Terminal. Darwin hence operated two airports, a civilian airport and a military field.

In 1945 the Department of Aviation made the existing Darwin military airfield available for civil aviation purpose. As a result, the civilian airport at Parap was closed down and airport operations combined with the military airport.

With the domestic airlines, Australian National Airways, Ansett Airways and Trans Australia Airlines all operating throughout World War II and the post war era, Darwin Airport was coming of age. In the late 1950’s the government allowed a civil terminal to be established.

Between 1950 and 1974 Darwin Airport acted as the primary domestic and international airport for the Northern Territory and a very important tech stop for airlines such as Qantas, flying the range limited L1049 Constellations, requiring a refuelling stop when flying from many Australian ports to Asia and beyond.

On 1 April 1989 the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) assumed responsibility for the civil facilities at Darwin International Airport. The terminal building was officially opened in December, 1991.

On 10 June 1998, Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd obtained a 50-year lease, plus a 49 year option from the Commonwealth Government to manage and develop the civil area of Darwin International Airport (DIA). The airport-leased area consists of 311 hectares of land.

Darwin International Airport is operated by Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd and is a joint-user facility shared with the Department of Defence. The entire site covers 1526 hectares. The airport-leased area of 311 hectares is to the north of Runway 11/29 out to Rapid Creek and including commercial land along McMillans and Bagot Roads. RAAF Base Darwin is established south of Runway 11/29.

The airport operates 24 hours a day and can accommodate the largest aircraft in operation. The main runway (11/29) is 3,354 metres long by 60 metres wide with grooving to 45 metres; the second runway (18/36) is 1,524 metres long by 30 metres wide.

A helipad, associated apron and hangars are located at the eastern end of the airport. Nearby, private aprons and maintenance facilities are operated by Pel-Air and Airnorth.

Facilities landside of the airport include the Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd Management Centre, mechanical workshop, The Aviation Institute, rental car storage, boarding kennels, fuel farm, Australian Air Express, Toll and TNT freight facilities, Darwin Airport Resort, Airservices Australia, AQIS, Department of Environment and Heritage and CASA office buildings, ABC Childcare, Bunnings Warehouse, air charter, flying training and joy flight offices.

The Australian Infrastructure Fund (AIX) is set to be taking a $60 million expansion of Darwin International Airport to cater for growing passenger numbers. This will provide a 65 percent increase in terminal floor space.

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Darwin International Airport
Airport Management Centre 1 Fenton Court
Northern Territory, NT 0812

Contact Info
+61 (0) 8 8920 1811
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