While most flights occur during daytime hours at Sunshine Coast Airport, we do operate 24 hours a day and it is occasionally necessary for some operations to be undertaken at night.
The Airport operates a noise abatement procedure for commercial aviation operators. Under that procedure, we require commercial operators with aircraft greater than 5,700kg to gain prior Airport approval to take-off or land between the hours of 11pm and 5.30am.
We give careful consideration to the noise impacts these operations have on our immediate surrounding communities, while also balancing the operational needs of our airline partners and the broader economic and community benefits for the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions.
All applications are assessed on a case by case basis, and we may request a number of conditional mitigation measures to help reduce impacts to surrounding residents. This may include limiting the number of aircraft movements permitted and trimming the aircraft to reduce noise, and are subject to safety and weather considerations.
Decisions to approve flights during these hours are not made lightly by Sunshine Coast Airport. These requests are often in response to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, diversions or mechanical issues, so approval is often provided at short notice.
Recently, Sunshine Coast Airport has received a small number of applications for out of hours charter operations in order to meet biosecurity measures required by Government approved COVID-19 protocols to facilitate national sporting competitions.
From July 2020, the Airport will report on night time operations approved under the Noise Abatement Procedure and the reasons. This information will be published on or about the 15th of the month, for the month prior.
Night time operations reports