Ayers Rock Airport is sometimes also referred to as Connellan Airport and is located just 20 minutes by car from Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 463km or 5 hours' drive from Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory. The gateway to some of Australia's most internationally recognised attractions and last true wilderness frontier, Ayers Rock Airport services approximately 300,000 passengers annually. The airport caters for a range of aircraft including Boeing 737s, Boeing 717s and will soon also be receiving Airbus A320 aircraft.
There a number of national and regional air carriers that currently service the airport including Fly Tiwi which operates flights to Darwin, Jetstar which operates flights to Sydney, QantasLink, operated by Cobham, which operates flights to Alice Springs and Cairns, and Jetstar which operates flights to Sydney. Ayers Rock Airport is comprised of just one main terminal which is both the arrival and departure area for scheduled flights.
Ayers Rock Airport is home to airline check-in counters, a customs and baggage screening area, arrival and departure lounges, a single conveyor belt baggage collection, toilets, vending machines and a National Geographic shop. The airport also features a number of bus bays for public and private shuttle services, car rental and a short term parking area. There are also a number of hotels near Ayers Rock Airport operated by Voyages and ranging in star rating from 3 to 5, including Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel, Voyages Emu Walk Apartments, Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel and Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge.
Originally a facility used for mail runs and the famous Australia Royal Flying Doctor Service, the formerly known Connellan Airport was established by Australian aviator Edward Connellan in 1939. The airport has continued to expand since the tourism boom of the 1950s and is proud to service this amazing part of Australia today.