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Reasons To Use Gold Coast Airport For Gold Coast Holiday

Why Choose Gold Coast (Coolangatta) Airport?

  • Cheaper transfers to Gold Coast accommodation
  • Faster transfers to your accommodation
  • Flight availability
  • Flight arrival and departure times
  • Discount airfares
  • Direct flights from Australian cities, New Zealand and other pacific locations.
This airport provides a gateway to the Gold Coast for visitors from within Australia and overseas.  International arrivals and departures are limited.  Please check to see if you will need an Australian Visa to travel to Australia if you are visiting from overseas.

An alternative is Brisbane Airport.

Location of Gold Coast Airport and Travel Times

  • Southern end of the Gold Coast
  • Alternate name Coolangatta Airport
  • Airport code is OOL
  • Time to Surfers Paradise approximately 25 minutes
  • Time to Brisbane CBD approximately 1½ hours
  • Time to Byron Bay approximately 1½ hours
  • Time to Sunshine Coast is approximately 2½ hours

Travelers Tips

Coolangatta is definitely a regional airport rather than a full international airport, but it is in the 21st century. Expect the usual standards of a international airport just on a smaller scale.

The airport is on one level.  No airbridges. You will most likely have to walk down the stairs of your aircraft and across the tarmac.

Don’t forget to look back towards the hills as you walk across the tarmac. What a great view! When they open the doors you can smell the sub-tropical holiday atmosphere – it always reminds me why I live here!

Using this airport generally saves time and sometimes money.  But check out all the options before you decide.  Sometimes a really good discount flight or staying in the northern Gold Coast accommodation can mean that flying into Brisbane may be a better option for you.

Airport Facilities

  • Short and Long Term Parking – open from 5.00am everyday until last flight clears. Short Term parking also includes disabled parking bays which are easily accessible to the airport.
  • Luggage trolleys
  • Toilets including unisex baby changing facilities and disabled toilets including braile signage.
  • Limited shopping including a newsagent with some pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Cafés and food outlets for a quick snack
  • Internet kiosk facilities.
  • Public phones with payment options including coin, credit and phone cards.
  • In Terminal 2 for the International travelers:
  • Travelex Currency Exchange booth.
  • Limited range of duty free.
  • Tourist Refund Scheme desk for GST refunds – located after outbound immigration for international passengers only.

Airlines at Coolangatta Airport

Several airlines fly into and out of the Gold Coast Airport. Check with airlines for their flight information as it does change.  

Flights are added and removed frequently.

Tiger Airways Australia (partly owned subsidiary or Singapore Airlines) started services to Melbourne in November 2007.

Domestic Airlines Flying To and From Gold Coast

Direct flights available to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Newcastle.  Other Australian cities connect through Sydney.  JetStar offers some regional flights.

  • JetStar - QANTAS subsidiary - low cost carrier
  • Virgin Australia - low cost carrier
  • Tiger Airways Australia - low cost carrier with services to Melbourne
  • Qantas - Returned to Gold Coast November 2012 after 4 years of no flights.

International Airlines Flying To And From Gold Coast

Direct flights to Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and other New Zealand airports as well as a few Asian cities..

  • JetStar - QANTAS subsidiary - low cost carrier.  Flies to Bali (Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Osaka (Japan), Christchurch (NZ), Bangkok and Phuket (Thailand)
  • Air New Zealand - full service carrier
  • Pacific Blue - low cost carrier to NZ
  • Scoot - parent company is Singapore Airlines, it is low cost carrier to Singapore and on to various Asian destinations through that hub. Started flights in mid 2012.
  • Air Asia X - low cost carrier to Asia for example flies to Kuala Lumpur several times per week.

Need information on transfers from Gold Coast or Coolangatta Airport to your accommodation?
Airport transfer information

Want to compare Brisbane Airport with the Gold Coast Airport?
Brisbane International and Domestic Airport


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