Bundaberg Airport, BDB
Airport Name: Bundaberg Airport
IATA Code: BDB, ICAO Code: YBUD
Airport Type: Medium Airport
Elevation: 33 metres.
Municipiality: Bundaberg, Region: Queensland, Country: Australia
Website: BDB Airport Official Website
Wikipedia link: BDB Airport on Wikipedia
Also known as the Bundaberg Regional Airport, Bundaberg Airport is the main airport that serves the city of Bundaberg in Queensland. It is situated 10km from the city center, and is currently run by Bundaberg Regional Council, who just recently implemented major projects for the upgrade of the airport which included improvement of runways, terminal, navigation aids and car park.
In December 12, 1931, Bundaberg Airport was officially opened by as a civilian airport by Hon. Francis Forde, the then Trade and Custom Minister. When the Second World War broke out in the early 1940s it served as a training school for the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force. The airport was given the name of RAAF Station Bundaberg during those times.
After the war ended, in July 31, 1946, the Department of Civil Aviation took control of the airport. In 1983, the ownership was transferred to the Bundaberg Regional Council. Three years later, the opening of the new terminal took place. Since then, the airport underwent major expansions, the latest of which was completed in 2010.
The airport has two functional runways—14/32 and 07/25. The former is surfaced with asphalt and measures 2,000m long, while the latter is surfaced with grass/clay, and measures 1,128m long.
Bundaberg Airport has one terminal, which was upgraded just recently. More terminal upgrades are being planned by the council, and will be implemented soon.
Flights and Destinations
Currently, there are two passenger airlines servicing the airport - QantasLink and SEAIR Pacific. QantasLink has flights going to Brisbane, while SEAIR Pacific has flights to Lady Elliot Island. In addition to the passenger flights, charter operations are also operating in the airport.
There are petitions in Facebook asking for Virgin Australia to service the airport, in order to end the monopoly of Qantas. In 2010, there were news about the airline talking to the airport about the commencement of their services. Petitions for Jetstar Airways were also made, although it is not really interested in servicing the airport for now, due to some reasons.
Transport To and From the Airport
Travel to and from the airport can be through cars, taxis, or buses. For those who have their own cars, the airport is a 10-minute drive from the city center. Taxis can also be an option, which drivers charging A$17 to the passengers. Car rental services are provided by Avis, Europcar, Budget, Thirfty, and Hertz. There is also the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Shuttle Service, which transfers passengers from the city center to the airport, for A$12 only per person.