Sunday 26 May 2024

Toowoomba's original airport could close down.

Toowoomba’s original airport is losing money and is in great danger of closing down, local users warn.

Toowoomba City Aerodrome (TWB/YTWB), which was replaced by Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport (WTB/YBWW) for regular passenger flights in 2015, is currently under financial review by Toowoomba Regional Council, which owns and operates the airport. The review is expected to wrap up by next month.

The regional Queensland aerodrome is used by flying schools and community organisations such as the Darling Downs Aero Club, as well as aeromedical services such as LifeFlight and the RFDS. Users have banded together under the banner of the Toowoomba City Community Airport group to urge the council to keep the airport open, with a petition launched this month having already attracted around 2,200 signatures.

“The Toowoomba City Community Airport is more than just an airport; it is a vital lifeline and hub for our region,” the petition said.

“It delivers critical emergency responses, drives economic vitality, and provides educational opportunities. Its strategic location and comprehensive services not only save lives but also propel our community towards sustainable growth and connectivity.

“Toowoomba City Airport holds the distinction of being Australia’s longest continually running airport, a testament to its importance in our history and future prosperity. The threat to its existence jeopardises not only these crucial services, but also the safety and wellbeing of all residents in Toowoomba.”

In a statement, Toowoomba Region Mayor Councillor Geoff McDonald said that according to reporting from previous financial years, the council “does not recover the full cost of the aerodrome activities from revenue generated by leases and landing fees”.

Toowoomba City Aerodrome is located 4.1 kilometers (2.5 miles) northwest from the CBD of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. Toowoomba City Aerodrome is both licensed and certified. 

Being certified means the airfield is able to have airlines and larger charter aircraft operate from the aerodrome. Being licensed means that the aerodrome is regulated by federal transport security regulations. Toowoomba City Aerodrome does not have a control tower; however, the airfield is regulated and operated under Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations of aviation operations at non-tower-controlled aerodromes.

The aerodrome is owned and operated by Toowoomba Regional Council. 
It has two runways, one asphalt and one grass.
The asphalt runway is 11/29 and is 1,341 metres long (4,400 feet) - the grass runway is 06/24 and is 660 meters long (2,165 feet). Elevation AMSL is 636 mts / 2,086 ft.

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