Jandakot Airport (JAD)
Jandakot is West Australia’s major general aviation airport, and was the busiest in the whole country in 2011 by aircraft movements. It covers 622 hectares in total. Privately owned since 1998, it is operated by Jandakot Airport Holdings. The airport is 18 kilometres south of Perth, is accessible by either Karel Avenue or Berrigan Drive, and has been operating since 1963.
Numerous essential service agencies are based at Jandakot, including the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia and water bombers, Police Air Wing and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It is also a major site for flight education, with the three main schools being the Royal Aero Club of WA, China Southern West Australian Flying College and Singapore Flying College. There are about 500 aircraft based at Jandakot.
The airport has two parallel runways and a cross runway. Plane landings can be observed over a hearty brunch at the Aviator’s Cafe, which is open Monday to Saturday and also has a barbecue and picnic area. Secure 24-hour parking is provided onsite by Wilson Parking (check website for rates). There are three bus stops on Karel Avenue, and the airport is served by the Transperth routes 515 and 516, which travel to Murdoch train station.
Nearby attractions include Adventure World in North Lake, west of Jandakot, a theme park that has been operating for over three decades.
Jandakot has a similar climate to Perth, with dry, hot summers and wet winters. The average high and average low temperatures for January are 31.2 and 16.6 degrees Celsius, and 17.8 and 6.8 in July.