Townsville Airport (TSV)
Townsville International Airport is both a civilian and a defence facility, sharing access with RAAF Townsville. In 2011/2012 it was Australia’s 11th busiest airport. It gained international airport status in 1980. It is only 4 kilometres from the Townsville’s CBD, on the corner of Halifax Street and Stinson Avenue in the suburb of Garbutt. The airport is owned by Queensland Airports Limited. There are four aerobridges (one international and three domestic) and three departure/arrival gates. The ground floor of the terminal has BLD (Breakfast Lunch Dinner), which is open from 5 am until the last flight of the day and includes a bar.
Car Rental & Transport Services
Car rental services are offered by Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. There are three different types of parking, short-term, saver and premium (see website for details). The pick-up zone is in the short-term area. Taxis can be caught just outside arrivals, and can be booked on 131 008.
Transfers are provided by Con-X-ion Shuttle Service and Ingham Travel, the latter making four round trips to Ingham daily. The airport is also on routes 5 and 5A for the Sunbus, the main local bus operator. Sunbus go to the CBD as well as to ferry terminals for the Great Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island. The major attraction is the Great Barrier Reef. The local section of the reef includes the SS Yongala Dive Site, a few kilometres south of Townsville and one of the world’s most exciting places to dive. The climate in Townsville is tropical, with an average high and low of 30 and 25 degrees Celsius in January,and 25 and 14 in July.
Townsville is served by Jetstar (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), Qantas (destinations including Brisbane, Mackay and Cairns), Airnorth (Darwin), Virgin (Brisbane, Sydney and Rockhampton) and Rex (including Mount Isa and Hughendon).