Darwin International Airport, DRW

Airport Name: Darwin International Airport
Airport Type: Medium Airport
Elevation: 31 metres.
Municipiality: Darwin, Region: Northern Territory, Country: Australia
Website: DRW Airport Official Website
Wikipedia link: DRW Airport on Wikipedia
Also Known As: RAAF Base Darwin

As the only airport serving its capital city, the Darwin International Airport is Northern Territory's busiest airport. And with approximately 2 million passengers and 56 flights per year, it also ranks as Australia's 10th busiest.

The airport is located on the suburb of Marrara, which is 13km away from the city center of Darwin. It shares runways with Base Darwin of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).


When the England to Australia air race was announced in 1919, Darwin Airport, which was then known as Parap Airfield, was built to serve as the Australian Terminal for the said event. After that, the airfield was used for both military and civilian operations.

In 1946, the airfield closed down when the Department of Aviation made RAAF's Base Darwin available for civilian air operations. That military base became known as Darwin International Airport. For 24 years, starting from 1950 up to 1974, the airport acted as Northern Territory's main airport. It also became an important stop for flights coming from and going to Asia, Australia, and Europe. In 1970, however, with the introduction of longer range aircrafts, these flights need not to stop in Darwin anymore, and they chose to stop their services.


Darwin International Airport has two asphalt runways - 11/29 and 18/36 - measuring 3,354m and 1,524m respectively.


At present, the airport has only one terminal for both domestic and international operations. This terminal has a number of food outlets and shopping stores, including duty-free for the international passengers. Due to the increasing number of passengers, a terminal expansion project will be carried out soon.

Flights and Destinations

Darwin International Airport currently has regular domestic and international flights going to the various parts of Australia and Southeast Asia. Jetstar Airways has already expressed its great interest in developing the airport to make it a hub for its flights to Asia.

Darwin International Airport Arrivals

Darwin International Airport Departures

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