Olympic Dam Airport
Summary
Airport typePrivate
OperatorBHP, Olympic Dam Operations
ServesOlympic Dam Mine
LocationOlympic Dam, South Australia
Elevation AMSL343 ft / 105 m
Coordinates30°29′06″S 136°52′36″E / 30.48500°S 136.87667°E / -30.48500; 136.87667Coordinates: 30°29′06″S 136°52′36″E / 30.48500°S 136.87667°E / -30.48500; 136.87667
Map
YOLD is located in South Australia
YOLD
YOLD
Location in South Australia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,591 5,220 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[1])
Passengers72,215
Aircraft movements1,875
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart,[2] passenger and aircraft movements from the BITRE[3]

Olympic Dam Airport (IATA: OLP[4], ICAO: YOLD) is an airport in Olympic Dam, South Australia. There have been planned expansions for the airport starting in 2006 and ongoing in 2011. Alliance Airlines operate a public transport service between Olympic Dam and Adelaide.

General information

The airport is located at Olympic Dam, South Australia with the terminal located at 30°29′02.0322″S 136°53′02.7954″E / 30.483897833°S 136.884109833°E / -30.483897833; 136.884109833 (Olympic Dam Airport Terminal) with the local time zone (Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)) of +9:30 hours from UTC.[4] The airport's codes are OLP for FlightStats and IATA, YOLD for ICAO and it does not have an FFA code.[4] Several car rental companies operate from the airport.[5]

In 2007, there was a near mid-air collision between an Alliance Airlines plane and a charter flight.[6] Flooding in the region in 2010 did not affect the airport.[7]

2011 expansion proposal

Relocation discussions were underway in 2006, with a discussion about either expanding the Olympic Dam airport or building a new one close to Andamooka. The area was set to have 5,000 contractors brought in by BHP.[8] It was planned that the airport would be relocated should the Olympic Dam mine expand to an open-cut configuration.[9] Expansion plans outlined in 2011 included improving the airport to accommodate jets and passenger service.[10] 2011 plans for the airport included making the runway an all-weather one.[11] The planned location was between Roxby Downs and Andamooka.[11]

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations

Olympic Dam Airport was ranked 48th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[1][3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Olympic Dam[3]
Year[1] Revenue passengers Aircraft movements
2001-02
19,289
1,304
2002-03
24,973
1,411
2003-04
25,715
1,727
2004-05
27,262
1,723
2005-06
37,112
1,924
2006-07
57,639
2,593
2007-08
74,099
2,278
2008-09
76,118
2,254
2009-10
60,168
1,809
2010-11
72,215
1,875
2011-12
90,438
2,462
2012-13
83,583
2,563
2013-14
76,103
2,233
2014-15
74,346
2,234

See also