Tennant Creek Airport

Tennant Creek Airport (IATA: TCA, ICAO: YTNK) is a small regional airport located near Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia.

Tennant Creek Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorTennant Creek Airport Pty Ltd
LocationTennant Creek, Northern Territory
Elevation AMSL1,236 ft / 377 m
Coordinates19°38′04″S 134°11′00″E
Map
YTNK
Location in the Northern Territory
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,959 6,427 Asphalt
11/29 1,054 3,458 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Located one kilometre from the remote outback township of Tennant Creek, the airport caters to mining companies and small predominantly Aboriginal communities in the surrounding area, providing an important link for the local population with Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin and other regional centres.

Currently the airport is served by two airlines, Fly Tiwi (Hardy Aviation) operate twice weekly services to Darwin. In June 2013, Chartair began services twice weekly to Alice Springs after receiving a subsidy from the Federal Government to operate the route under the Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme.[2] Both companies usually use twin-engine Cessna 402 or 441 type aircraft for flights to and from Tennant Creek. Other operations include mail flights to outlying communities, charters and aeromedical flights.

History

World War II

During World War II the airfield was utilised as a staging airfield between South Australia and Darwin, Northern Territory by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Units that ultised Tennant Creek Airfield

Post War

The terminal facilities at Tennant Creek Airport were constructed during the 1960s.

On 1 April 1989, the Federal Airports Corporation took control of the airport and on 10 June 1998, passed control and management to the Airport Development Group (ADG). ADG hold a 50-year lease over Tennant Creek Airport with free option for a further 49 years.

The current operator of the airport is Tennant Creek Airport Pty Ltd.[1]

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Airnorth Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine[3]
Chartair Alice Springs

See also

References

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