Monday, November 7, 2011

Biloela (Thangool) Airport Profile

Biloela (Thangool) Airport is situated off the Burnett Highway, about 400m from the Thangool Town Centre, and 11km from the Biloela Town Centre.

At present, only RPT services to and from the airport are operated by QantasLink (Sunstate Airlines) which flies a total of 9 services per week between Biloela and Brisbane. They operate Dash-8-Q300 aircraft on most of the services.

The schedule is broken down into a single service on Monday, Friday and Sunday, and two services (morning and afternoon) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No flights on Saturday.

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QantasLink has been the only airline to serve Biloela (Thangool) for a number of years now. In previous years, Sunshine Express Airlines flew to Biloela (Thangool) in partnership with QantasLink with Metro III and Metro 23 aircraft. Unfortunately, Sunshine Express ceased operating RPT services in September 2006.

Freight services operate into Thangool Airport during weekdays, with Toll Express Metro freighters flying into Thangool from Emerald, before departing to Brisbane each evening. These flights are reversed the next morning, with the Metro arriving from Brisbane in the early morning, before departing to Emerald.

Thangool’s has two runways – one sealed runway (1522m) and one clay based runway(794m) primarily used by light aircraft. The aircraft parking apron is quite large.

Other facilities include a nice little, recently overhauled terminal building, featuring a more modern interior, air-conditioning, improved amenities, as well as telephones, self-serve food and drink area, hire car desks, and a check-in counter.

The passenger/visitor car park was also resurfaced and expanded. Transfers are available between Biloela and the airport at Thangool by taxi for a set fare of $35.

Biloela (Thangool) Airport saw a lot of action during the 2010 floods that hit the Central Queensland region. Various images and videos are available online showing Australian Army Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk and Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters – amongst other fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters - operating out of the Airport during the crisis.

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