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Long distance air services

Please note: From Thursday 10 November until Friday 9 December 2016 (weather and operations permitting), Mornington Island Airport will be closed to Regional Express (REX) services due to runway repair works. REX aircraft are unable to land on the temporarily shortened runway during the maintenance work.

If you need to travel between Normanton and Mornington Island during these dates, please contact Skytrans direct on 1300 759 872, who will be operating a shuttle air service.

REX services will continue to operate the Gulf route between Cairns and Mount Isa, however will not stop at Mornington Island. Please visit for any schedule changes. To find out more about the runway repair project please contact the project team by phone (07) 4769 3208 or email

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From 1 January 2015, changes were made to government-regulated air services with the commencement of new operator contracts.

This is a result of the review of long distance air, coach and rail services during 2013 and the competitive open tender process for new air and coach contracts during 2014. There are no changes to rail services.

Read more about the review.

Regional air services

Following an extensive competitive open tender process during 2014, some regional air routes were deregulated and others are now operated by new operators.

There were some changes to timetables and Toowoomba passengers now need to access services from the new Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba.

Regulated air services

From 1 January 2015, some operators have changed on the following regulated routes.

Route name Route details Operator from 1 January 2015
Central 1 Brisbane – Roma - Charleville QantasLink
Central 2 Brisbane-Barcaldine/Blackall-Longreach QantasLink
Western 1 Brisbane-Toowoomba*-St George-Cunnamulla-Thargomindah Regional Express (REX)
Western 2 Brisbane-Toowoomba*-Charleville-Quilpie-Windorah-Birdsville-Bedourie-Boulia-Mount Isa Regional Express (REX)
Northern 1 Townsville-Winton-Longreach Regional Express (REX)
Northern 2 Townsville-Hughenden-Richmond-Julia Creek-Mount Isa Regional Express (REX)
Gulf Cairns-Normanton-Mornington Island-Burketown-Doomadgee-Mount Isa Regional Express (REX)

*From 1 January 2015, the Western 1 and 2 routes will service the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba.

Contact the operators for bookings and information:

Deregulated air services

As part of the review of air services, it was announced that three routes would be deregulated from 1 January 2015. By removing the government-regulation, other operators are able to enter the market, encouraging lower and more competitive airfares for customers. This includes flights to and from these locations:

  • Cairns-Weipa
  • Cairns-Horn Island
  • Townsville-Cloncurry-Mount Isa.

Contact us with any questions you have about rural and remote air services in Queensland.

Last updated
31 October 2016