Wagga Wagga Airport is a regional airport located in the New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga. Situated approximately 12km southeast of the city centre, the airport is located right next to the RAAF Base Wagga. Although the airport is an operations base for commercial flights, it is leased from the Australia's Department of Defence and the RAAF Base Wagga uses it as a training base. Despite its use as a commercial aircraft facility, military aircraft still often use it for transporting military passengers or freight.
The airport is serviced by two major Australian airlines including QantasLink which operates flights to Sydney in partnership with Eastern Australia Airlines and Regional Express who operates flights to Melbourne and Sydney. Regional Express Airlines also maintains a fleet of freight and passenger Saab 340 aircraft at the airport.
Although a civilian aerodrome was already operational at the site, in 1939 the RAAF established an inland training base which became operational in 1940. At the close of World War II, the site was reclaimed for civilian flying and upgrades to the area were made in time for the 1954 visit by Queen Elizabeth II. Since 1992 multi-million dollar upgrades have continued on the airport to turn it into the joint civil and RAAF flying facility it is today.
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