Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Airport is the gateway to Australia's premier tourist destination and popular northern NSW. Uniquely located on the Queensland and New South Wales border, Gold Coast Airport is the second largest airport for both states.

As the largest airport in the QAL group, Gold Coast Airport now welcomed 4.8 million passengers in the 2020 financial year.

Gold Coast Airport was privatised by the Federal Government in May 1998, with almost $300 million invested by QAL in infrastructure improvements since then.

Gold Coast Airport

The list of major projects since privatisation include:
1999 - runway overlay
2007 - runway extension     
2010 - redeveloped passenger terminal          
2017 - runway overlay          
2018 - expansion of the apron and construction of an additional taxiway

Servicing only three destinations in 1998, the airport now connects the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales to the rest of the country and beyond.


Arrive direct to Australia's #1 Holiday Destination - The Gold Coast

Terminal expansion underway, due to open in 2022

Rydges Gold Coast Airport hotel opened late 2020

Extensive domestic connectivity

Domestically, GCA offers direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Hobart, Canberra, Perth, Newcastle, Adelaide, Townsville and Cairns.

Seasonal currents at Gold Coast Airport, 2019


Since QAL acquired Gold Coast Airport in 1998, we have achieved significant milestones.

Gold Coast Airport facilitates busiest day in history on 7 January 2018, with 24,585 passengers arriving and departing to/from airport.

Gold Coast Airport welcomes more than 6.5 million passengers through the airport for the 2017 calendar year.

Gold Coast Airport achieved Level 1 'Mapping' accreditation under the Airports Council International's Airport Carbon Accreditation program in January 2017.

Hong Kong Airlines made their extended season of charter flights from Hong Kong to Gold Coast a permanent year-round service in 2016.

Gold Coast Airport welcomes in excess of 6 million passengers through the airport for the 2015 calendar year.

A comprehensive program of support to the community through sponsorship.

Scoot commenced direct international services between the Gold Coast and Singapore in 2012. A commitment of further investment of more than $100 million on the terminal upgrade project.

Investment of $56 million in capital works programs (compared to a commitment to the Commonwealth at the time of the sale of $27 million).

Southern terminal expansion construction commenced in 2019.

Construction on the airport hotel commenced in February 2019.

Achieved Level 2 accreditation under the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program in 2019.

$86 million airside upgrade was delivered in 2018, including construction of a new apron and taxiway.

Recorded both the busiest day and month on record in January 2018, welcoming more than 650,000 passengers for the month.

Celebrated 20 years since privatisation in May 2018, with almost $300 million of investment in the facility during that time.

Community Benefit Fund introduced in 2016 to support grass-roots community events and initiatives.

Scoot commenced direct Gold Coast – Singapore services in 2012.

$100 million terminal redevelopment opened in January 2010, becoming Australia’s first purpose-built low-cost carrier terminal.

AirAsia X commenced direct Gold Coast – Kuala Lumpur services in 2007.

Runway extension completed in 2007 to facilitate operation of long haul international wide-bodied aircraft services.

Rydges Gold Coast Airport hotel was completed and opened to guests in 2020.

The Gold Coast Airport terminal expansion topped out and construction reached the halfway point in 2020.

The Destination

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, and the largest non-capital city with a population of over 600,000.

Tourism is a driving force of Gold Coast’s economy. In the year ending December 2018, it delivered 12.5M visitors, spending over $5.7B. The destination’s major draw cards include world-class theme parks, famous surf beaches, World Heritage Listed rainforest, an action packed events calendar, and unlimited shopping, and nightlife.

The Gold Coast stretches along the most southern 57 kilometres of Queensland’s coastline. The airport’s footprint straddles New South Wales’ border providing easy access for visitors seeking holidays around the states’ iconic Byron Bay.