Kempsey Airport

Kempsey Airport is a high-functioning, well-resourced facility located mid-way between the lucrative markets of Brisbane and Sydney, as well as between the NSW regional centres of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

Owned and operated by Kempsey Shire Council, Kempsey Airport is used for a range of commercial and recreational purposes, such as aircraft maintenance, charter operations, pilot training, skydiving, a local flying club, general aviation, and medical and emergency services.

Kempsey Aviation Business Park

Located next to the airfield, Kempsey Aviation Business Park provides a fully serviced business location, including roads, direct airside access via taxiways, power, telecommunications, water supply and wastewater.

Kempsey Aviation Business Park provides numerous competitive advantages:

  • airfield space available for lease and hangar development 
  • customisable land options to suit all development needs 
  • light industrial opportunities
  • large and small lot development potential 
  • expansive grounds 
  • automated aviation fuel facility 
  • technically superior runway 
  • suitable for 24/7 operations 
  • car parking 
  • close proximity to the South Kempsey service centre interchange and industrial area 
  • onsite aircraft maintenance service

For more information, including how to lease commercial space at the park, contact Kempsey Shire Council’s Commercial Assets team on 02 6566 3200 or email ksc@kempsey.nsw.gov.au

Passenger transport services

City and Country Air Charters operates from Kempsey’s Aviation Business Park and offers charter services. 

Currently no daily passenger service operates at Kempsey Airport. Two nearby airports offer daily commercial passenger services: Port Macquarie Airport, a 35-minute drive from Kempsey, and Coffs Harbour Airport, a 1-hour drive from Kempsey.

Airport operations

While Kempsey Shire Council is the owner and operator of Kempsey Airport, aviation safety is governed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and air navigation services and aircraft noise management are provided by Airservices Australia

Aircraft noise

Airservices Australia’s Noise Complaints and Information Service manages complaints and enquiries about aircraft noise and operations for the Australian aviation industry. You can contact the service on 1800 802 584 or complete an online form

Airservices Australia accepts direct complaints only and does not accept complaints through any third party, including Council.

Low-flying aircraft

You can report any concerns about aviation-related safety or low-flying aircraft to CASA by completing an online form

Noise Management Plan and Fly Neighbourly Advice

Kempsey Shire Council has adopted a Noise Management Plan and Fly Neighbourly Advice to help manage the impact of aircraft noise on surrounding areas. 

The Noise Management Plan for Kempsey Airport was developed by the Airport Group and adopted by Council in June 2019, after extensive consultation with the community.

The Fly Neighbourly Advice is a voluntary code of practice established between the airport, aircraft operators and the community. The Fly Neighbourly Advice helps to reduce the noise nuisance experienced by the airport’s neighbours through the Fly Neighbourly Principles, which are to be observed by local and visiting aircraft at Kempsey Airport.

More information

Register of Aviation Related Complaints

Council keeps a register of aviation complaints. While Council investigates all complaints within our control, it is recommended that anyone with concerns about aircraft noise or low-flying aircraft lodge complaints directly with Airservices Australia or CASA.

Council’s Register of Aviation Related Complaints(PDF, 225KB) is updated at the end of each month.

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