Canberra International Airport – The Airport with Many Facets
Canberra International Airport, which is now being branded as Canberra Airport is among the major airports in Australia and serves Canberra, the nearby city of Queanbeyan, NSW along with the surrounding regional area of South-Eastern New South Wales. A public airport operated by Capital Airport Group Pty Ltd, the Canberra Airport is at an elevation of 575 meters above sea level and has 2 asphalt runways measuring 3,283 meters and 1,679 meters. In the year 2011, the airport handled 3,240,848 passengers, making it the 8th busiest airport in Australia. Although it is a designated international airport by the Australian Government, will now no international airline operated from here. An eight minute drive from the city center will take you to the airport. The present facility at the report has been divided in 4 areas - Brindabella Business Park, a passenger terminal, ex-air force base area called Fairbairn and Majura Park which is the retail and mixed use section.
The airport has been in use since the 1920’s but it was only in 1939 that the airport was taken over by the RAAF and an area dedicated for civil aviation was laid out. The Canberra disaster on 13th August 1940 at the airport left 4 crew and 6 passengers’ dead and the airport was named as Fairbairn Airbase to commemorate James Fairbairn (then Minister for Air and Civil Aviation) who was killed in the crash. The lease part of the airport was sold to Canberra International Airport Pty Ltd in the year 1998 and since then, series of upgrades and expansions have happened at the Canberra Airport. The airport’s concourse was redeveloped at the cost of $350million in November 2013. The airport changed its name from Canberra International Airport to Canberra Airport in second half of 2008.
Though the airport enjoys the status of an international airport, till now flight to international destinations are not being operated from the airport. FlyPelican, Qantas, QantasLink operated by Cobham, QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines, QantasLink operated by Sunstate Airlines, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines are the airline that currently operates to and from the Canberra Airport.
The Canberra Airport has received a few awards for its outstanding growth and achievements.
· The Canberra Airport won the Australian Airports Association's Capital City Airport of the Year Award for three years - 2002, 2007 and 2013.
· Canberra’s new airport has been named Australian Airport of the Year at the National Airport Industry Awards in 2013
· Major Australian Airport of the Year in 2002 by Australian Airports Association
Routes and Destinations
Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney are the domestic destinations which are directly connected with the Canberra Airport.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
Almost all the airlines the fly from the Canberra Airport offer its passengers the option of web check-in which can be done 24 hours before the schedule departure of their flight. This a very god option which allows the passengers to print the boarding pass a soon as they check-in online, thus saving them the waiting time in the queue during counter check-in. If you want to check-in at the airport then visit one of the 32 check-in counter at the Canberra Airport. Generally check-in counters open 1 hour before the flight departure and closes strictly 30 minutes before the departure of fight. If you fail to report within the stipulated time then the airline has the right to deny boarding.
Depending upon the class of your travel and the membership you hold of that particular airline, the baggage allowance may vary. Also airline may have their own policy regarding the baggage allowance, thus it is best to call them up directly to know exactly what and how much to carry. As cabin luggage, passengers cannot carry anything beyond 7 kg in economy class and 2 bags not exceeding 15 kg for business class. As far as checked-in baggage limit is concerned, no individual piece must weigh more than 32 kg or exceed total linear dimensions of 158 cm. You can purchase your excess luggage online at low cost or even for excess luggage at the airport.
Pre selection of your preferred seat is allowed by most of the airline operating from Canberra Airport, at a surcharge. At the airport, seats are not guaranteed, hence, if you are looking for a seat of your choice; make sure you book it in advance.
Online, airline’s counter at the airport or authorized office or travel agents of the airline are the best options if you want to make your flight reservation. To know more about booking charges or in case of modification and cancellation of your reservation make sure you speak to the airline directly as every airline has a different policy regarding the same.