The Horn Island (Ngurapai) Airport is owned and operated by the Torres Shire Council. It is considered to be the gateway to the Torres Strait and the Northern Peninsula Area. The airport is located on Horn Island, which is almost 8km from Thursday Island.
The aerodrome was first constructed prior to World War 2 by the American Armed Forces, and was upgraded in June 1995 to its current form including the construction of the existing terminal when Council took over ownership from the Department of Transport.
The airport operator and licensee is the Chief Executive Officer, Torres Shire Council. The airport is licensed and maintained as a "Licensed International Aerodrome" and consists of two sealed runways - RWY08/26 (Length: 1389 x Width: 30 metres) and RWY14/32 (Length: 1235 x Width: 23 metres). RWY08/26 is equipped with runway lights and PAPI (Pilot Activated Path Indicator).
The airport has a public terminal with the following amenities - Toilets, Kiosk, Pay & Direct Dial telephones. Local airlines operate regular services to many of the outer islands. There are two aviation fuel suppliers located at the Airport, Air BP and Mobil Oil. Limited aircraft parking is available and prior arrangement with management is recommended.
Qantaslink (of Qantas Airlines) operates a twice-daily RPT (regular passenger transport) service between Horn Island and Cairns, Westwing Aviation operate daily RPT services to the majority of the Torres Strait Islands. Other operators who offer charter services throughout the Torres Straits & Northern Peninsula Area include Barrier Aviation, Skytrans, Cape York Air and Cape Air Transport. Additional to this, Reef Helicopters and Cape York Helicopters also provide helicopter charter services.
Airport of the Year 2015
Council CEO Dalassa Yorkston on receipt of award at presentation ceremony with other award winning Managers of airports Australia wide including Brisbane airport as large airport of Australia winner.