Our Sunshine Coast airport upgrade will increase International Tourists


 The Sunshine Coast is increasing in popularity as a tourist destination

By the year 20/20 the Sunshine Coast Airport will be upgraded to nearly 3 times its size. This is to increase the domestic capacity to have daily flights from: Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Cairns.


  • a new 2,450 m long x 45 m wide main Code E runway aligned to the north-west south-east (RWY 13/31).
  • two end taxiway loops and navigations aids
  • expansion of the apron at the existing terminal
  • staged expansion of the existing terminal
  • a new air traffic control tower access roads and utilities.

The present structure is a 1800m by 30m strip but the addition will go sideways and almost meet the road which  has been in the past planned to have a large bow shape to accommodate this increased size.

This is to be able to increase the connections to Singapore..over 300 destinations from there, Honolulu again same and Hawaii also huge connections. so then these countries will be connected: NZ, via the 3 cities, UK, German, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands, France.


Arrivals from overseas:

At present the arrivals are 1.2 million but that will increase to 3.5 million.

Departures and arrivals from domestic places:

The order of popularity: Cairns, Perth, Canberra, Mackay, Darwin, Townsville

Sunshine Coast Lightning has welcomed foundation partner, Sunshine Coast Airport as the Club’s official Membership partner for the next two seasons.

Australia’s fastest growing airport since July 2015, Sunshine Coast Airport will help Lightning’s Membership base soar to new heights as the Club targets 3,000 Members this year.

“With the new runway set to provide more opportunities for flights to the Sunshine Coast from destinations around Australia, it is a great chance for Lightning fans to visit and support their team.

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO, Peter Pallot, said he was delighted to be announcing the continuing partnership with Sunshine Coast Lightning.

These are the airlines so far:



When the airport upgrades this will dramatically increase but so far this is the range:

  • Sunshine Coast – Sydney
    • 1 hr  30 mins
    • 5 flights/day on average
  • Sunshine Coast – Melbourne
    • 2 hrs 20 mins
    • 4 flights/day on average
  • Sunshine Coast – Adelaide
    • 2 hrs 40 mins
    • 3 flights/week available
  • Sunshine Coast – Auckland
    • 2 hrs 30 mins
    • 3 flights/week on average, seasonally between July and October

What about Parking?

The Short Stay car park is perfect for meeting or dropping off friends and family. It has a premium location directly opposite the terminal. Priced from $6 for the first 3 hours*.The Long Stay car park is our cost effective long term parking option for extended stays.  Long Stay is fully fenced and located within a 3 minute walk to the terminal. Priced from $18 for the first 24 hours.Long Stay Plus is our covered long term parking option suitable for ‘short break’ stays. It is fully fenced, provides weather cover and is located within a 3 minute walk to the terminal. Priced from $19 for the first 24 hours. Each of Sunshine Coast Airport’s parking precincts are able to be booked online, or guests may choose to arrive on the day and park in the facility that best suits (subject to availability).

What about rental Cars?

Avis(07) 5453 1999
 Budget(07) 5443 6555
 Europcar(07) 5448 9955
 Hertz(07) 5443 3108
 Redspot(07) 5457 0561
 Thrifty(07) 5443 1733

 or other forms are:  


Aerospace Precinct:


 The Sunshine Coast Aerospace Precinct provides prime airside development opportunities for smart and innovative businesses. Designed to meet the needs of progressive and globally-focused aviation companies the Sunshine Coast Aerospace Precinct offers: 32,000 square metres of aviation-specific large hangar development, suitable for up to B737 or A320 aircraft.


An outstanding year for Sunshine Coast Airport: 

  • Record passenger numbers of 1,068,607 achieved in the 2016/2017 financial year
    • A 11% increase year on year and the highest recorded passenger numbers for a 12-month period
  • Record capacity of 1,308,205 seats available in the 2016/2017 financial year
    • A 12% increase year on year and the highest ever available capacity for a 12-month period
  • Record first quarter 2018 passenger numbers of 302,469
    • a 12% increase year on year and the first time more than 100,000 passengers has been achieved in both the months of July & September
  • Australia’s fastest growing airport since July 2015
  • Australia’s first carbon neutral airport under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program (March 2017)
  • Crowned winner of the Routes Asia 2017 Marketing Award (March 2017)
  • Official designation as an international airport by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester (October 2016)
  • Rain water harvesting, waste composting and low energy lighting are all helping us to become Australia’s most sustainable airport.
Sunshine Coast Airport’s tremendous success, progress and achievements over the past year has seen it named the Asia Pacific Small Airport of the Year in the CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence announced at a ceremony held in Singapore last night.

The new runway will be able to cater for aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787:  

It will have an orientation of 128 degrees/308 degrees magnetic, giving the runway its 13/31 designation.

As the new runway service larger aircraft, the existing terminal will be extended to accommodate the higher passenger volumes. The apron will also be extended.

Once complete, Runway 13/31 will meet all CASA and international standards, and be used by all Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) aircraft and at least 90 per cent of General Aviation (GA).

Runway 13/31 would intersect the existing Runway 18/36 slightly north of the current connection to the cross runway.  The alignment of the new runway was chosen to avoid topographical constraints including Mt Coolum and Mt Ninderry.  The location of the runway within the site was influenced by the following factors:

  • meeting aviation standards without the need for exemptions
  • achieving the runway length required to meet target destinations in Asia and the length required for larger aircraft
  • reducing the number of residents affected by aircraft noise
  • avoiding poor geotechnical conditions immediately east of the Sunshine Motorway at the north-west end of the runway
  • providing adequate flood conveyance capacity between the end of the runway and the Sunshine Motorway to avoid potential flood impacts.

For those of us in the accommodation Industry it will mean an increase in International tourists and that is a great thing for places such as: Maleny Wildlife Holiday House as Tourists love to see unique Australian Animals such as the Platypus which are in the Dam on the Property