Cairns Airport

Connecting the world with the Great Barrier ReefDale Edney

Cairns Airport is one of Australia’s leading regional airports, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations.

It is the gateway to World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland and is just 7 kilometres from the Cairns CBD.

Over 5 million passengers pass through Cairns Airport each year.

There are direct domestic flights to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Townsville and Toowoomba as well as to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and regional centres across North Queensland.

Cairns Airport is Australia’s seventh busiest for international passengers with direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Manila, Auckland and Port Moresby. There are also seasonal flights from Shanghai and Seoul.

Our Mission

To be the most respected Australian airport group for our people, partnership and performance.

Our Vision

We are committed to establishing & maintaining our position as the gateway ports to our globally-recognised and unique natural assets – the Great Barrier Reef/Daintree Rainforest. We will leverage the destinational awareness and location of these assets to solidify and strengthen our air service offerings to new and under-served markets.

Our Values

Working together as a team we are committed to creating a collaborative, rewarding, productive work environment, building our expertise and skills, and achieving exceptional results for our stakeholders, shareholders, customers and employees through upholding the following values in our everyday work:

  • Community First
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Safety, Security and Environment
  • One Team

Our Commitment to Our Customers

The following initiatives embrace Cairns Airport’s commitment to our customers.

Customer Charter

Our Cairns Airport Customer Charter outlines how we provide our customers a seamless and enjoyable airport experience.

To view or download the Cairns Airport Customer Charter, click here.

Airport Customer Experience

Cairns Airport’s Airport Customer Experience (ACE) Program has been designed as a collaborative one team approach, to create and deliver a unique and exceptional customer experience. Everyone working at Cairns Airport has an important role to play in our Airport Community and we all undertake ACE training to ensure customer service is integral to each and every one of our roles.

Airport Service Quality

Cairns Airport is proud to be part of Airport Service Quality (ASQ) the world’s leading airport customer satisfaction benchmark program.

The ASQ Performance Survey focuses on 16 key performance indicators which define passenger experience through the airport, ensuring Cairns is constantly focused on the performance in these key areas.

For more information go to Airport Service Quality.

Airport Ambassadors

Another Cairns Airport customer service initiative is our Airport Ambassador Program. This friendly group of volunteers welcome and assist people with wayfinding, airport information, transport options and destination information. You can find out more about the Airport Ambassador’s Program and how to become an ambassador here.


In recent years Cairns Airport has been awarded:

  • Major Airport of the Year, Australian Airports Association National Airport Industry Awards.
  • Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards for Specialised Tourism Services
  • Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards for Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Group of Volunteers
  • Queensland Master Builders Association Construction Award for Best Tourism & Hospitality Facility over $4M (awarded to construction contractor Hansen Yuncken)