Freight Operations during Curfew at Gold Coast Airport

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What is happening?

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has advised Airservices that they have granted permission to Qantas Freight to operate a maximum of four weekly freighter services to and from Gold Coast Airport on behalf of Australia Post during the curfew period.

This is a result of increased demand for e-commerce in the region combined with the reduction in freight typically carried by passenger services due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In approving the application, the Department considered the benefits of direct connections between Gold Coast Airport and other locations, which will support local businesses and supplement the capacity of existing road freight.

What has been approved?

The permit to operate during the curfew period has been issued under the Air Navigation (Gold Coast Airport Curfew) Regulations 2018. Operations are approved for:

  • The period 5 October 2020 to 25 June 2021
  • Four BAe-146 services per week during curfew
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and in the morning

Airservices has worked closely with the Department to ensure that eligible aircraft are able to comply with Noise Abatement Procedures in order to reduce noise impacts for the community. This includes the prioritisation of approaches to Runway 14. Qantas (Cobham) must report (and include the reasons for) any landing on runway 14 that uses the ILS to the Department.

We recognise that some people may be more sensitive to aircraft operations occurring at night and members of the community may be disturbed by aircraft noise during these times.

When will this commence?

The operations are approved for the period 5 October 2020 to 25 June 2021.

Released 1 October 2020.


What is happening?

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has advised Airservices that they have granted permission to Qantas Freight to operate a maximum of four weekly freighter services to and from Gold Coast Airport on behalf of Australia Post during the curfew period.

This is a result of increased demand for e-commerce in the region combined with the reduction in freight typically carried by passenger services due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In approving the application, the Department considered the benefits of direct connections between Gold Coast Airport and other locations, which will support local businesses and supplement the capacity of existing road freight.

What has been approved?

The permit to operate during the curfew period has been issued under the Air Navigation (Gold Coast Airport Curfew) Regulations 2018. Operations are approved for:

  • The period 5 October 2020 to 25 June 2021
  • Four BAe-146 services per week during curfew
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and in the morning

Airservices has worked closely with the Department to ensure that eligible aircraft are able to comply with Noise Abatement Procedures in order to reduce noise impacts for the community. This includes the prioritisation of approaches to Runway 14. Qantas (Cobham) must report (and include the reasons for) any landing on runway 14 that uses the ILS to the Department.

We recognise that some people may be more sensitive to aircraft operations occurring at night and members of the community may be disturbed by aircraft noise during these times.

When will this commence?

The operations are approved for the period 5 October 2020 to 25 June 2021.

Released 1 October 2020.