Port Augusta Airport

The Port Augusta Airport is located 3.0 nautical miles on a magnetic bearing of 285° from the City of Port Augusta South Australia. The Port Augusta Airport has a geographic location of S32°30.4’ E137°43.0’.

Airport Location

Port Augusta Laurie Wallis Aerodrome Master Plan 2009(1126 kb)

The Airport is serviced by Regional Express (Rex) Airlines providing regular passenger transport to Adelaide and Coober Pedy. For schedule and booking information please visit the Rex website.

Rex - Regional Express - Our heart is in the country

Port Augusta is also a hub for “Fly in Fly out” (FIFO) operations to many mines in the north of the state. Annual passenger numbers are approximately 16,000 per year.

Regional Express airline crew standing on the stairs leading up to a Regional Express plane

The Airport is owned, operated and maintained by the Port Augusta City Council. The City Council is aware of the importance of the Airport to the Port Augusta community and surrounding region.

The Airport is managed by Shane Saal, who can be contacted on:

Phone:  +61 8 8641 9100
Mobile:  +61 427 003 971

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)

Photograph of a Royal Flying Doctor Service single-engines plane and a man in a blue shirt with the slogan "The furthest corner. The finest care"

Port Augusta Base

RFDS Central Operations’ state-of-the-art Communications Centre is located at Port Augusta, from which our Tasking Coordinators receive emergency calls, plan and assign all retrieval flights from Adelaide, Alice Springs and Port Augusta, whilst providing after-hours back up for the Broken Hill Base (operated by South Eastern Section).

The Port Augusta Base serves an area of 840,000 square kilometres, providing comprehensive health services to people in the far west and northern regions of South Australia. Services include 24-hour emergency retrievals and telehealth consultations, primary healthcare clinics and interhospital transfers.

In addition to our core team of pilots, flight nurses and doctors, our Aboriginal Health Coordinators, Community Health Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse, together with our Healthy Living Program Coordinator and Lifestyle Trainers, are based in Port Augusta, enabling them to focus on serving people in isolated communities.

Contact details:

Base & Hangar
Port Augusta Airport
Port Augusta  SA  5700
Phone:  +61 8 8648 9500
Fax:  +61 8 8641 0461


In 2007, The Port Augusta Airport was awarded the winner of the Australian Rural Airport of the year for Aviation Excellence from the Australian Airports Association.

Airport Details

The Airport has a passenger terminal building which is available during operation times only. Car parking is available for short term users only, but a secure carpark is available to FIFO staff under authorisation from the relevant mining companies.

The Runway 15/33 is a sealed 30m wide and 1650m in length with sealed shoulders and a PCN of 21.

The Airport lighting consists of runway, taxiway and apron lighting activated on Pilot Activated Lighting (PAL) frequency 122.8 MHz to provide Airport lighting for 30 minutes only.

The Airport has a Navigational Aid non-directional beacon (NDB) owned by the Port Augusta City Council and maintained by Airservices Australia and located near the Airport. NDB PAG 383 S32°31.6’ E32°42.1’ Range 40 (HN 40)

CTAF for Port Augusta is 126.7 MHz.

Fees and Charges

Airport landing fee’s exist and are invoiced through AVDATA.

Landing charges for all aircraft is charged at $7.50 (ex GST) per 1000kg.

Passenger charges exist for RPT and Mining Charter and are negotiated with the Airport Manager.

All fees are subject to change and are reviewed annually in April.

Automatic Weather Station

The automatic weather station for Port Augusta is located to the west of runway15/33. The station is operated and controlled by BOM.

Fuel Suppliers

AVFUEL SA are the sole supplier of fuel for the Port Augusta Airport.

Both AVGAS (25,000lts) and JETA1 (55,000lts) are available.

Carnet and credit card facilities available, contact John Morris on 0448874251 for further details.

Terminal and Carpark Upgrade Works

The new Port Augusta Airport Terminal was completed in late 2014 and provides seating for 68 people in air-conditioned comfort and also has access to new toilet facilities within the building. The facility provides for office space and baggage handling facilities. Covered areas around the building and at the entries providesgreater protection of passengers from the elements.

Along with the construction of the new terminal, the carpark was upgrading, along with an expansion of the apron to accommodate parking of additional planes.

The project cost $1,224,556 with $435,600 provided by the Commonwealth Government through the RDA Fund and $428,750 by the State Government through the Far North and Outback Enterprise Zone Fund and Council funding the remaining $360,206.

Airport Terminal Upgrade Plan(224 kb)

Illustration from Studio Nine of the upgraded airport facilities