Ballina Airport, more formally known as Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, is a regional airport situated in the New South Wales town of Ballina. Servicing the nearby holiday town of Byron Bay and Ballina, the Ballina Airport is just 20 minutes south of Byron Bay and just 5km from Ballina's CBD along Southern Cross Drive. Having been renamed the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport in 2005 in an attempt to entice more people to this area, the Ballina Airport now services approximately 291,322 passengers annually. The airport is serviced by a number of Australian air carriers including Jetstar which operates flights to Melbourne and Sydney, Regional Express which operates flights to Newcastle and Sydney and Virgin Australia which operates flights to Sydney.
Ballina Airport also features check-in kiosks, ATMs, internet access, luggage trolleys, a visitor information desk, public telephones, amenities including a parent's room, a designated outdoor smoking area and disabled for special needs access, services and facilities. The airport is also home to Café Horizon, the perfect place to grab some refreshments before or after your flight including tea, coffee and snacks supplied by local brands including Brookfarm, Byron Bay Cookie Company, Bun Coffee, Byron Bay Chocolate Company and Australian Bush Spices.
The airport is also home to a number of transport options both public and private including taxis, chauffer cars, shuttle services, public buses and most major car rental companies including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty. Car parking is also available at Ballina Airport including short term and long term parking options located right outside the terminal. Short term parking is adjacent to the terminal while long term parking is protect by fencing near the terminal. Rates are charged at $2 for two hours, $8 per day or $14 overnight. There are also a number of hotels near Ballina Airport ranging from 4 to 5 stars, including The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, BreakFree Eco Beach and Peppers Coorabell Retreat.