Aerodromes: Cairns and Mareeba

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  • Busy international airport, Class C airspace, clearance from ATC required
  • Carry current Cairns VTC
  • Submit Flight Notification 
  • See the Cairns entry in ERSA. Make note of Flight Procedures Section 5, 'Special Procedures – VFR Corridors'. It delivers a detailed explanation of inbound and outbound procedures
  • If you have any queries, call ATC prior to arrival for help
  • Landing and parking fees apply. Review Cairns Airport website, Schedule 3, Note 5 'General Aviation Charges'
  • High terrain immediately west of the airport attracts low cloud and possible turbulence off the mountains. In some circumstances, the Western VFR Route may not be suitable. Familiarise yourself with the coastal route, more suited to inclement weather
  • GA Parking available at GA apron, adjacent TWY A3
Aerial view of Cairns aerodrome
Aerial view of Cairns aerodrome


  • Busy non-controlled aerodrome
  • Aircraft departing Mareeba for Cairns that have obtained a Landing Slot Time from ATC will be processed more expeditiously
  • Caution – ultralight, manned balloon and agricultural ops take place in close vicinity (see ERSA)
  • Bird and wildlife hazard
  • 4.3 nm south of Mareeba township
Aerial view of Mareeba aerodrome
Aerial view of Mareeba aerodrome
Published date: 17 October 2022
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