With direct flights to 18 international destinations and connections with 30 domestic locations in Australia, the Cairns Airport has the seventh-busiest runways in the country. It is a main arrival point for travellers to Queensland, on the beautiful northeast coast. The airport, in Aeroglen, is only 4.3km north of the Cairns city centre.
Among the airlines serving the Cairns Airport are Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air North, Alliance Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express, SilkAir, Skytrans, Tigerair and Virgin Australia. There are two passenger terminals. The domestic terminal features 17 gates with five jet bridges, while the international terminal has 10 gates with six jet bridges.
Taxis, shuttle buses and car rentals are available for transportation from the airport to hotels, Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation and the northern beaches. Hotels offering free shuttles are the Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, Comfort Inn, Discovery Cairns, Reef Palms, Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, and the Lake Cairns Resort & Spa. The Port Douglas Bus charges $37 for a ride from the airport to Port Douglas, which takes about 90 minutes.
The Translink public transportation system is another option for getting around the region. Airport Connect buses take passengers from the airport to Translink for a $4 fee. Rental car companies operating at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty. There are “maxi taxis” for 10 or more passengers, as well as wheelchair-accessible cabs. Taxi customers pay a $4 surcharge for rides from the airport.
The Calypso Inn and the Lake Cairns Resort are just five minutes from the airport. The Comfort Inn is seven minutes away. Additional lodging is available in the area, with more than 380 choices. Room rates range from $15 to $218 per night, at last report.