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Launceston airport is the pride not only of Launceston City but also of the entire Tasmania Island. From Launceston, the rest of the island may then be explored by car, plane or boat. It is the gateway to Tasmania from the mainland and vice versa.
It is the entry point of choice for that exciting Tasmanian adventure and also services the neighboring Flinders Island and the King Island. Travelers flying in from the major Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane could easily get a car through hire vehicle services based at the airport.
The privatized airport is being leased by Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) in a joint venture with the City Council of Launceston. APAC and the local council jointly exercise management prerogatives and duties including the power to hire and fire employees to ensure quality service, security and safety, as well as environmental compliance.
The state-of-the-art air facility sits at an elevation of 562 feet above sea level with an area of 180 hectares. It also features a wide car park, a touch screen information system, cafes and ATM hub. The modern airfield could accommodate planes ranging from the 177-seater 32S giant flying machine to the small aircrafts which tourists love to hire for that exhilarating joy ride.
The airport which opened in July 1929 prides itself as one of the pioneers in the commercial airline industry throughout Australia. It traces its history back to the first flight across Bass Strait on December 17, 1919 by Lt. Arthur Long who launched a single engine biplane off a horse corral in Launceston. After a quite difficult flight and an emergency landing in Torquay, he arrived safely in Melbourne more than six hours later.
The historical yet modern Launceston airport is the perfect doorway for the great Tasmanian get-away.