Gold Coast Airport is located in a unique position with the Queensland and New South Wales state border cutting straight through its runway. The aerodrome primarily serves the Gold Coast and Tweed tourism industry with leisure based travel accounting for an estimated 75% of all regular public transport traffic.
Gold Coast Airport is the closest airport to the Gold Coast destination and is Australia’s first dedicated low cost international airport. The airport offers a resort style terminal facility with cost-saving operational efficiencies and has a focus on partnering with airlines to grow profitable, long-term business.
Gold Coast Airport welcomes enquiries from airlines and aviation operators and offers incentives for charter or scheduled carriers in the form of terminal charge incentives, business development support and in-kind and cash marketing support.
Gold Coast Airport’s runway was extended in March 2007.
Runway 14/32 can be utilised by the majority of aircraft types (A380’s excluded) used for domestic and international jet services. In particular the B737, B767, B787, A320, A330 and A340 aircraft types.
The main runway (14/32) aligned at 139 degrees (M) is 2492 x 45 metres and lies within a 2552 x 150-metre runway strip. The intersecting secondary runway (17/35) is 582 x 18 metres in a 672 x 90-metre runway strip and is aligned at 173 degrees (M).
Take off and approach surfaces to the south-east on the main runway meet desirable gradients but obstructions to the north-west limit the take-off run available in that direction and a curved path may be used. Approaches to the secondary runway are satisfactory.
The following information provides the Supplementary Take –Off Distances for Runway 14/32:
A taxiway Kilo intersection departure is also available for runway 32, with the following Supplementary Take-Off distances:
A high strength parallel taxiway provides access to the main runway over some 2000 metres of its length. This is supplemented by 506 metres of parallel taxiway for light aircraft use only.
Currently the main RPT apron can accommodate the following range of independent free moving aircraft using power in pushback operations:
Additionally the aerodrome has some 3.8 hectares of sealed apron available for use by light aircraft.
Other services provided by operators at Gold Coast Airport include:
Lighting and navigational aids in existence on the aerodrome include runway and taxiway lights, PAPI, RTILs, DVOR, NDB, DME (I) and Terminal Area Radar.
Gold Coast Airport is responsible for the testing of procedures for dealing with possible emergencies on or near Gold Coast Airport that may affect the airport’s operations.
The Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) provides a formal record of the agreements reached between those agencies expected to respond to an emergency at Gold Coast Airport. The AEP is given legal effect under Queensland and New South Wales legislation, but also serves to confirm Gold Coast Airport’s compliance with Civil Aviation Safety Authorities (CASA) requirements.
Gold Coast Airport’s General Aviation area operators include flight training, charter flights, maintenance and hanger garage by both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Additionally, the area includes Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd’s maintenance compound, a flight catering facility, an aero club and the airport refuelling complex.
Gold Coast Airport has a Conditions of Use policy in place which outlines GCA’s responsibilities and the responsibilities of all parties utilising facilities at GCA.