Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport was originally opened as Williamtown Civilian Airport in 1947 after a charter flight landed at the RAAF Base, Williamtown. It wasn’t until 20 February 1948 that scheduled commercial operations commenced at the Airport.

The Commonwealth Government continued to run the Airport until 1990 when Newcastle City Council and Port Stephens Council accepted an invitation by the Government to jointly operate the civil area at RAAF Base, Williamtown.

For many years the passenger terminal was little more than a "tin shed". This was remedied with the opening of new terminal facilities in March 1975 by the Federal Minister for Transport, Mr Charles Jones. In 1994 and 2000 Newcastle Airport underwent further major upgrades which included the doubling of the terminal floor area, total refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the building and the provision of office suites for airlines.

Impulse Airlines began operating B717 jet services from Williamtown in 2000 on the Sydney-Melbourne route. In November 2003 Virgin Blue introduced B737 aircraft on daily services to Melbourne and in May 2004 introduced daily services to Brisbane. In May 2004 Jetstar also commenced services on the Newcastle-Melbourne and Newcastle-Brisbane routes using the B717 aircraft.

Newcastle Airport underwent another major upgrade in 2005 which doubled the terminal floor area, introduced a retail precinct, doubled the departures and arrivals areas, provided additional office suites and upgraded the car parking and road systems.

Today, Newcastle Airport is serviced by all the major domestic airlines that provide services to the major destinations along the east-coast of Australia. The Airport is significantly contributing to the domestic and international growth of business and tourism to the surrounding region.

Since the introduction of jet services into Newcastle Airport, the number of passengers using the Airport has increased from 214,000 in 2003 to more than 1,000,000 in the 2007 calendar year.

As a regional transport hub, Newcastle Airport recognises the importance of maintaining the highest standards of environmental management and has implemented systems to minimise the impact of Airport operations and expansion.

Newcastle Airport is committed to sustainability in operations and development, and is working closely with the Australian Municipal Energy Improvement Facility (AMEIF) through Newcastle City Council to implement programs aimed at improving performance in the areas of energy, water use, and waste reduction.

Newcastle Airport’s goal is to progressively reduce water and power on the Airport precinct. The Airport is also committed to maximising its recycling outcomes and minimising its waste contribution to land fill.


To be Australia's leading regional airport business.


To consolidate and grow the Airport's contribution to the regional and national economy by promoting competitive air services that underpin the efficiency of business and tourism, and by establishing an aerospace industry cluster.

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Newcastle Airport Limited
Private Bag 1
Williamtown, NSW 2318

Contact Info
(+612) 4928 9800

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