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Airport Operations
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Darwin International Airport is operated by Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd and is a joint-user facility shared with the Department of Defence. The entire site covers 1526 hectares. The airport-leased area of 311 hectares is to the north of Runway 11/29 out to Rapid Creek, and included commercial land along McMillans and Bagot roads. Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin is established south of Runway 11/29.

The RAAF Base Darwin was established on the present site in 1940 and civil operations commenced on a joint-user basis in 1945. The terminal building was a converted RAAF hangar and operated until the new terminal on the northern side opened in 1991.

The airport operates 24 hours a day and can accommodate the largest aircraft in operation. The main runway (11/29) is 3354 metres long by 60 metres wide with grooving to 45 metres; the second runway (18/36) is 1524 metres long by 30 metres wide. In addition both have a full length parallel taxiway. Runway 29 is equipped with a Category 1 Instrument Landing System. High Intensity Approach Lighting (HIAL) and a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) are available on Runway 11 and 29. Runway 18/36 is unlit.
Air Traffic Control (ATC) within 40 nautical miles of the airport is provided by 44 Wing, RAAF. The ATC Tower is alongside the RPT apron. Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting is provided by Airservices Australia and is located at the fire station west of the RPT apron.
Detailed aeronautical information is available on the Airservices Australia Pilot Centre website:

The high-strength RPT apron can accommodate up to A380 aircraft. There are 12 aircraft bays, 4 serviced by aerobridge facilities. Bay 1 can accommodate B747/A380, Bay 2 can accommodate B747, Bay 3 can accommodate A330 and Bays 4 to 12 can accommodate B737-800/A320. Eight bays are equipped with Jet-A1 refuelling hydrants operated by Joint Aviation Fuelling Services, a joint venture of Air BP and Shell.

The General Aviation (GA) area consists of two GA aprons with parking for approximately 100 aircraft in the northern apron. Light aircraft hangars and maintenance organisations adjoin the GA apron. Avgas is available from a bowser at the Shell facility in the southern GA area. Avgas and Jet A1 are also available by tanker through this facility. The southern apron accommodates heavier GA aircraft and operators such as Pearl Aviation, Northern Territory Aerial Medical Service and Surveillance Australia.

A helipad, associated apron and hangars are located at the eastern end of the airport. Nearby, private aprons and maintenance facilities are operated by Pel-Air and Airnorth.

Facilities at the landside of the airport include the Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd Management Centre, mechanical workshop, The Aviation Institute, rental car storage, boarding kennels, fuel farm, Australian Air Express, Toll and TNT freight facilities, Darwin Airport Resort, Airservices Australia, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), Department of Environment and Heritage and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) office buildings, ABC Childcare, Bunnings Warehouse, air charter, flying training and joy flight offices.
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