International airports are airports designated by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport as international airports in accordance with section 9 of the Air Navigation Act 1920. View the list of current designated international airports in Australia.
International Airport Categories
The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, in consultation with the Department of Home Affairs, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and Airservices Australia, categorises each designated international airport according to the facilities available.
The categories of airports are:
- Major International
airports of entry and departure where all formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are carried out, and which are open to scheduled and non-scheduled flights;
- Restricted Use International
airports of entry and departure at which the formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are made available on a restricted basis, to flights with prior approval only;
- Alternate International
airports specified in the flight plan to which a flight may proceed when it becomes inadvisable to land at the airport of intended landing;
- International Non-Scheduled Flight
airports at which approval may be granted, provided the prescribed prior notice is given, for international non-scheduled flights only; no other form of international operation is permitted;
- External Territory International
airports of entry and departure for international air traffic located upon an Australian External Territory, where all formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are available.
Full details, including any special conditions that may apply to individual airports, are published in the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).