Gold Coast Airport (OOL/YBCG)

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Other major reasons to serve this airport


Well connected. Gold Coast Airport has plenty of domestic and regional points on its network, but still needs more from South East Asia, North Asia, Pacific and West Coast US.

  • Gateway to Australia’s premier tourist destination.
  • 52 km of pristine coastline featuring 21 sandy beaches.
  • Access to Australia’s theme park capital.
  • Access to World Heritage listed national parks, rainforests and hinterlands.
  • Winner of Best Regional Airport Australia/Pacific – 2017 Skytrax Awards. 
  • Gold Coast – Home of the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Potential New Routes include those from South East Asia, North Asia, Pacific and West Coast US.

Marketing/and other support

This place sells itself, but should your airline need some extra help to promote its new service to the Australian destination that has it all, then Gold Coast Airport is happy to talk marketing support with you.

  • Strong relationships with government and tourism stakeholders.
  • Marketing budget to support and sustain new routes.
  • Efficient airport and freight operations.

Gold Coast Airport celebrated in early November 2016 the ninth birthday of AirAsia X service from Kuala Lumpur. Not only was Gold Coast the first Australian airport for AirAsia X, but it was the airline’s first route, first aircraft, first everything!

Airport Catchment area


  • 30-minute catchment area – 600,000:
    • World famous Surfers Paradise, pristine beaches, world class surfing breaks, wildlife sanctuary, family friendly holiday beach suburbs, restaurants, retail shopping centres and five major theme parks.
  • 60-minute catchment area – 2.8 million:
    • Rainforests, national parks, Byron Bay and Northern New South Wales; Brisbane (Queensland State Capital City).
  • 120-minute catchment area – 3 million:
    • includes Sunshine Coast and Noosa Heads Beach destinations to the north; Toowoomba – Queensland’s largest inland city; Ballina and Lismore to the South in Northern New South Wales

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

    Coast Cargo – freight handler servicing local high-yield farm products and seafood.
    Can tranship imported goods to Sydney or Melbourne.


Open 17 hours a day and with a near 2,500 m strip, Gold Coast Airport is operationally fit for purpose. The airport's Terminal 1 is also currently undergoing scope works for major redevelopment.

The airport is located in south-east Queensland, Australia. Gold Coast is situated on the coastline, stretching for 57 km down to Northern New South Wales. Gold Coast Airport is 30 minutes from the central tourist locations of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. It is also just five minutes from the southern tourism location of Coolangatta. In addition, the airport is conveniently located for visitors to Tweed Heads (10 minutes away) and Byron Bay and Northern New South Wales (30 minutes away).

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runway(s): One (2,492 m).
  • Slot Coordinated: No.
  • Operating hours: 0600-2300.
  • Terminal(s):
    • Terminal 1 – domestic & international flights – last major refurbishment, 2010.
    • Terminal 2 – regional flights – last major upgrade 2007.
  • Minimum connect time: five minutes.
  • Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details:
    • 380 flights per week to all major destinations in Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, China (from Sept 2015) and Fiji. Gold Coast also has a general aviation area with FBO, aircraft charter and rentals, flight training schools and freight forwarders.  There is also a private university – Southern Cross University – located in the airport precinct.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Commenced scope works for major redevelopment of Terminal 1.
  • Stage one of construction is due to commence in early 2016 and includes an initial three new widebodied aircraft stands and a three level terminal development, with provision for up to two aerobridges associated with the new infrastructure. This stage of the proposed redevelopment will be substantially completed in late 2017 prior to the Commonwealth Games, when more than 126,000 visitors, athletes, officials, and media are expected to descend on the Gold Coast. Subsequent stages of the project are scheduled to be completed in late 2018 and late 2020 and include further enhancements to the existing terminal building and an additional two widebodied aircraft parking stands, with provision for additional aerobridges as required. Click here to view press release (PDF).

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers: Six million passengers per annum.
  • Largest carrier:  Jetstar Airways.
  • Other carriers include:  Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Tigerair, AirAsia, Scoot, Qantas, JetGo, Hong Kong Airlines.