Airport Business Park

An upgraded airport with new services and investment opportunities.

'The airport runway is the most important main street in any town.'

~ Norm Crabtree, former aviation director for the state of Ohio.

The Parkes Regional Airport is located 5 kilometres east of Parkes off the Henry Parkes Way (Orange Road) and is serviced by Regional Express (REX) which provides regular passenger services between Parkes and Sydney. REX transports some 35,000 passengers annually.

Parkes Regional Airport supports Parkes, Forbes, Weddin and Lachlan Shires as the main regional airport in the region.

Investment Opportunities

Council has also developed an Airport Masterplan to drive and facilitate investment at the precinct.

For more information regarding Investment opportunities please Contact Council's Economic Development Unit.

Parkes Regional Airport Development

The redevelopment of the Parkes Regional Airport was opened by Michael McCormack MP, member for Riverina on June 16, 2016.

Over the past three years, Council has undertaken a $3 million redevelopment of the Parkes Regional Airport precinct which has included:

  • Installation of new runway lighting including Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI ) and Runway Threshold Lighting (RTIL).
  • Upgraded new Airport Terminal including security readiness
  • NBN broadband installation at the terminal
  • Connection of potable water
  • Additional car parking
  • Upgrades to the Parkes Aero Club
  • New entry treatment and widening of entry road

The new terminal, built 2015/16, has delivered a facility that includes infrastructure to future proof the facility including terminal refurbishment and expansion, infrastructure and technology improvements, accessible design, improved baggage handling and new security regime readiness.

A further $1.56 million has been committed by the Federal Government in 2016 towards Stage 2 of the Parkes Regional Airport development, under the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Stage 2 of the development includes an airside apron, taxiways and fire and medical emergencies infrastructure to improve airport operations for passengers.


Parkes Regional Airport has two operational runways: Runway 04/22 and Runway 11/29.

Runway 04/22

Runway 04/22 is the primary runway. It is 1,684 metres long and 45 metres wide with a sealed surface. The runway sits within a 150 metre wide strip and has recently had a lighting upgrade.

Runway 11/29

The secondary runway, designated 11/29, is 1,623 metres long by 30 metres wide and also has a sealed surface.

Navigational Landing Aids


The aerodrome is equipped with a VOR/DME located on the western side of the intersection of the two runways, close to the Aerodrome Reference Point (ARP).

Non-Directional Beacon (NDB)

The Parkes NDB is located to the south-east of the airport site, atop a hill on the southern side of Orange Road approximately 2km (1.1nm) from the ARP.

Wind Direction Indicators

The primary wind direction indicator (IWI) is illuminated and located abeam the Runway 04 threshold on the left hand side. The signal area is located adjacent to the IWI.

A secondary (non-illuminated) wind direction indicator is located approximately 300m upwind of the Runway 22 threshold, on the right hand side.

Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI )

Primarily assists by providing visual glide slope guidance in non-precision approaches environment. These systems have an effective visual range of at least 5km during the day and up to 30km at night.

Fuel Facilities

An AVGAS card swipe bowser is provided to the north of the existing hangars located east of the terminal building. The bowser is supplied by an underground pipe from a fuel storage compound which is located further to the east. The facility is operated by Aero Refuellers, which also provides JET A1.