Cairns airport (CNS)

Location details, contact information, airlines, departure and arrival flight status, transportation, facilities and services, parking, special passenger amenities, nearby hotels and answers to passengers' frequently asked questions.


 Passenger Guide

Cairns Airport, opened in 1943, is one of the most important in Australia. It operates domestic and international flights, including to neighbouring countries and Japan.

Official Website:

Number of Terminals - 2 - Terminal 1 (international flights) and Terminal 2 (domestic flights), open from 4:00 am until the last flight. They are connected by a covered walkway.

Annual passenger traffic: 3.8 million passengers went through it in 2022.

Tel: +61 740 806 703 - FACEBOOK

Information booths available in the public area of both terminals.


The airport is located in the suburb of Aeroglen, 7 km (4 miles) north of the centre of Cairns.

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Accommodation near Cairns airport (CNS)

Some accommodations in the vicinity offer shuttle buses for their guests.

Lazenby Lodge (2.9 km/1.7 miles)
The Lakes Resort (2.9 km/1.8 miles)
Edge Apartments (3.1 km/1.9 miles)
Summer House Backpackers (3.1 km/1.9 miles)
North Cove Waterfront Suites (3.3 km/2.1 miles)


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Car rental agencies

Car rental desks are located in the Arrivals area of both terminals.

  1. Avis (Tel +61 740 339 555 - 7:00 am to 0:00 am)
  2. Budget (Tel +61 740 339 777 - 7:00 am to 0:00 am)
  3. Europcar (Tel +61 740 349 088 - 8:00 am to 11:30 pm)
  4. Hertz/Thrifty/Dollar (Tel +61 740 359 299 - 6:00 am to 11:00 pm)
  5. Redspot/Enterprise/National/Alamo (Tel +61 740 349 052 - Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm, weekends from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm)
  6. Sixt (Tel +61 740 339 800 - weekdays from 7:30 am to 0:00 am, Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm)

Parking services at Cairns airport (CNS)

All car parks are equipped with security cameras. The first 10 minutes of stay are free of charge. Payment can be made within the car park itself or at automatic stations located next to the different areas. There are also pick-up and drop-off areas in front of the terminals. Fares and reservations

Standby Zone - For passenger boarding, between both terminals, free for 30 minutes.
T1 Budget Car Park - Located opposite Terminal 1 and connected to the domestic sector via a covered walkway.
T2 Car Park - Situated opposite Terminal 2 and connected to Terminal 1 via a covered walkway. It has a premium area with covered spaces.

Facilities for passengers with special needs

Passengers should inform their airline or travel agent at the time of booking of any disability or assistance required at the airport. There are reserved parking spaces near the terminal entrances, accessible counters, induction loops, adapted toilets and lifts. Access to the aircraft is facilitated by ramps and skybridges, and in some cases, a mobile lift is also available.

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Latest updates: September 19, 2023