Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Biloela / Thangool Aerodrome

Biloela / Thangool Aerodrome serves the farming and mining community of Biloela and surrounding area of the Banana Shire Council.

At present, QantasLink is the sole RPT operator although other airlines occasionally operate charter services to and from the region while Toll Aviation provides a weekday freight service.
Thangool Aerodrome is situated off the Burnett Highway about 400m from the Thangool Town Centre and 11km from the Biloela Town Centre. The Airport has two runways, a 1522m long sealed runway aligned 10/28 and a 794m long clay based grass runway aligned 14/32 which is primarily used by light aircraft.

There are plans to possibly extend the main runway by 500 metres and widen the pavement from 30 to 45 meters to allow the operation of larger aircraft such as the Dash 8-Q400. As it stands, QantasLink services to Thangool are predominately operated by Dash 8-Q300 aircraft.

The aircraft parking apron is quite large and there are some nearby hangars where locally based are housed.

Additionally, Thangool Airport has a nice little terminal building which has been overhauled in recent years and features a modern-looking interior, air-conditioning, toilet amenities as well as telephones, self-serve food and drink area, hire car desks and a check-in counter.

The passenger / visitor car park has also been resurfaced and expanded. Transfers are available between Thangool Aerodrome and the Biloela township by taxi for a modest fare.

As highlighted, the only Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) services to and from Thangool Aerodrome are operated by QantasLink which flies a total of six daily services per with week with Saturday the only day to miss out.
Of interest, QantasLink has been the only airline to provide RPT services to Thangool Aerodrome for a number of years now. In previous years, Sunshine Express Airlines flew to Thangool in partnership with QantasLink with Metro III and Metro 23 aircraft. Unfortunately, Sunshine Express Airlines ceased RPT operations in September 2006.