Airport Curfews

A curfew applies between 11pm and 6am at Sydney, Adelaide, Coolangatta and Essendon Airports. While most aircraft operations are prohibited during this period, there is provision for the operation of emergency aircraft, some small jets, propeller-driven aircraft and freight movements.

These curfews are legally enforceable and failing to comply is a criminal offence that may result in significant fines.


An operator may apply to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for a dispensation to land at, or take off from, Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast or Essendon Airport during the curfew. All dispensation requests should be made through to the Duty Officer Aviation and Airports, phone +61 2 6274 6998 (24 hours), or by email to: or fax +61 2 6274 6822.

Requests for cabotage which are urgent should be directed to the Duty Officer Aviation and Airports on phone +61 2 6274 6998 (24 hours), or by email to: Cabotage requests of a non-urgent nature should be directed to Bronwyn Calver,

The following links provide further information on specific airport curfews in Australia:

Further Information