Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mount Gambier Airport Car Rental

The only airport serving commercial passengers in the south east of Australia, Mount Gambier airport (IATA: MGB) is found on the Riddoch Highway, nearly six miles north of the town of Mount Gambier itself. The airport has three operational runways and serves approximately 100,000 passengers per year through its scheduled daily flights to Adelaide and Melbourne airports by Saab 340 turboprop light aircraft.

O’Connor Airlines, an operator which launched in the early 70s, served passengers out of Mount Gambier and used the airport as its base until it ceased trading in 2007. Since then, Regional Express has been the only airline to offer services from Mount Gambier and the airport is operated solely by the District Council of Grant.

2011 saw the announcement that the airport would be upgraded thanks to a $3.4million dollar program partly funded by the South Australian government. The area will benefit from a 15 year development plan strengthening the main runway, aprons and taxiways to allow for larger aircraft to land, thus increasing tourism for the area.

Transport links in the area are good and there are a number of car hire possibilities from the airport, with companies including:

  • Avis 
  • Budget 
  • Thrifty 

Tourism is so important to the area, and good transportation is essential for those who are looking to get around easily in south east Australia. In order to compare Mount Gambier car hire prices it’s often wise to check out a comparison website before travelling as this often results in the best deals being obtained.

The Type Of Aircraft Typically Flown From Mount Gambier Airport. Creative Commons Image Source: 

For more information about the flights and airport click here.