Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is a privately owned and built airport, located 17 kilometres from Toowoomba’s central business district and 120 kilometres from Brisbane Airport.
The airport opened on 10 November 2014 with the first scheduled passenger flights on 17 November 2014. A mix of jet and propeller aircraft and helicopters are expected.
The information provided below is to assist the community with information on how the airport and airspace will operate and where aircraft might fly.
Airservices has published flight procedures for Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, these procedures were not designed by Airservices.
The airport will operate in uncontrolled airspace.
What is uncontrolled airspace?
In uncontrolled airspace Airservices air traffic controllers do not provide instructions or guidance to pilots but can provide a Flight Information Service and Traffic Information Service to pilots on request.
Where will aircraft fly and will I notice any noise?
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport has one runway which is oriented northwest to southeast as shown in the picture below.
Take off and landing is generally when aircraft have the greatest noise impact. Aircraft take off and land into the wind, or with minimal tail wind. As a result, the wind dictates runway selection which in turn determines the flight paths used.
In good weather with high visibility, aircraft are expected to:
- depart on either Runway 30 or Runway 12 and continue heading in that direction until reaching approximately seven kilometres, before turning and continuing in the direction of their destination;
- arrive on either Runway 30 or Runway 12 aligning with the runway from approximately seven kilometres away.
In bad weather when there is low visibility, scheduled passenger aircraft are expected to depart and arrive using the flight path corridors pictured below.
Smaller aircraft will not necessarily fly within these flight path corridors, but are required to be a minimum of 300 metres above any city, town or populated area and 150 metres over other areas as outlined in the Civil Aviation Regulations – REG 157.
Noise abatement procedures
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport has developed noise abatement procedures to minimise the impacts of aircraft noise. These include:
- Runway 12 is the preferred runway for aircraft landing between 2 pm – 7 am (ET).
- Runway 30 is the preferred runway for aircraft taking-off between 2 pm – 7 am (ET).
- Where practicable, Runway 12 must be used for aircraft landing between 7 am – 2 pm (ET).
- Where practicable, Runway 30 must be used for aircraft taking-off between 7 am – 2 pm (ET).
- Where practicable, minimise night movements, with preference to operation in day period (sunrise to sunset).
- Where practicable, avoid use of reverse thrust after landing between 7 am and 2 pm.
- Where practicable, avoid noise sensitive areas as follows:
- Toowoomba city
- Westbrook township
- Wyreema township.
First international flight – 23 November 2015
Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-8F aircraft will land at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport from Sydney and depart for Hong Kong on 23 November 2015. It will be the first time an international flight has departed from Australia’s newest airport and the first time Cathay Pacific Airways has operated a cargo service into an Australian regional centre.
It is the intention that regular scheduled freight services will commence at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in the first half of 2016. Further details of flight schedules will be made available closer to the date.