Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Airport
MCY is located in Queensland
Location of airport in Queensland
Airport type Public
Operator Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Location Marcoola, Queensland
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 26°36′12″S 153°5′28″E / 26.60333°S 153.09111°E / -26.60333; 153.09111
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 5,916 1,803 Asphalt
12/30 2,136 651 Paved

Sunshine Coast Airport (IATA: MCYICAO: YBSU) is an Australian airport serving Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It is the gateway to holiday destinations such as Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra. There are direct daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne, with frequent connecting flights to both domestic and international ports.

The Sunshine Coast Airport is situated at Marcoola 10 km north of Maroochydore, and is owned, operated, managed and developed by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, which assumed the powers of the former Shire of Maroochy. It is the principal airport for the Sunshine Coast and is the only airport in the region capable of servicing jet aircraft operations.

The Airport supports a number of regular public transport services (with Boeing 737–800 and Airbus A320 aircraft) and a variety of general aviation activities. These activities are in keeping with the increasing demands of tourism, passenger traffic, general aviation and commercial development opportunities and flight training (Aero Dynamic Flight Academy) .

The airport handles aircraft movements of around 70,000 per annum, has a capacity of 850,000 passenger movements per annum and a projected revenue for 2004/05 of A$8.8 million.[citation needed]. In 2009, the airport handled 916 845 passengers making it the 15th busiest airport in Australia.

On 3 June 2010, the airport changed its name from 'Maroochydore-Sunshine Coast Airport' to Sunshine Coast Airport and changed its ICAOCode from YBMC to YBSU at a considerable cost to industry and airlines.[1]



The airport has one terminal. It has one-storey and thus there are no aerobridges, and passengers must take a short walk on the tarmac to reach their aircraft.

The terminal is modern and of high-quality for a regional airport. Each of the three airlines operating have dedicated check-in desks. There are two baggage carousels, TV monitors, a taxi rank, shuttle bus services and hire-car desks. The departure lounge is fairly large, with seating available for about 300 people.

Airport transport options

The airport has a range of transport options to and from the airport. The local taxi service is Suncoast Cabs and a there is normally plenty of cabs waiting outside the terminal.

The main airport shuttle service is run by SunAir. They provide a door to door shuttle transfer to Sunshine Coast hotels and private residences to all suburbs south of the Sunshine Coast Airport including Twin Waters, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Buderim, Caloundra, Golden Beach and Pelican Waters.

For shuttle transfers to Noosa and northern suburbs, Henrys Airport Shuttle offers a similar door-to-door service.

There is a car rental desk at the airport near the baggage claim area. The following car hire companies are represented: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz & Thrifty.

Highway access and the entrance road to the Sunshine Coast Airport have both recently been upgraded in mid 2010. There are rarely traffic problems into or out of the airport. Local traffic volume is low, flight volume is low and the recent highway upgrades provide more than enough capacity.


The airport has two runways. One is only used for general aviation and the other runway handles both general aviation and airliners. The main runway, 18/36, which handles the jets is fairly short for a jet runway (5,916 ft long) and is also very narrow.


Airlines Destinations
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney
SEAIR Pacific Lady Elliot Island
Tiger Airways Australia Melbourne
Virgin Australia Melbourne, Sydney


Busiest Domestic Routes out of Sunshine Coast Airport
(Year Ending September 2010)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers carried  % Change
1 New South Wales Sydney Airport 437,200 decrease8.1
2 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Airport 391,300 decrease6.0

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