Albany AirportAlbany Airport is the closest airport to the home of The Museum of Australian Commercial Aviation.
IATA code: ALH
ICAO code: YABA
Elevation: 233 feet / 71 m
Albany Airport is located 6 nautical miles (11 km) northwest of Albany Western Australia and operated by the City of Albany. Also known as Harry Riggs Albany Regional Airport, it is the largest airport in the Great Southern Region. The IATA airport code is sometimes listed as ABA and the ICAO airport code was previously YPAL.
The airport services 18 Skywest flights per week transporting over 50,000 passengers per year. The Royal Flying Doctors Service, General Charter Flights and RAAF training operations are also serviced by the airport.
The airport is equipped with an instrument landing system that enables all-weather capability for passenger transport. The main 1,800 m (5,906 ft) runway is capable of allowing a Boeing 737 aircraft to land.
The First regular public transport (RPT) service to Albany Western Australia was on 2 July 1946 operated by Airlines (W.A.) Ltd from Perth to Albany using a De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide aircraft. Later in 1946 Airlines (WA) began using Avro Anson aircraft on the route and from 1947, De Havilland DH.104 Dove aircraft.
Today the airport sees a wide range of aircraft from Skywest Fokker 50's to Business Jets and over the summer months two PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Water Bomber Aircraft.
Albany Airport also hosts a small light aircraft community.
Here is a project on the history of aviation in the Albany region completed by J Dekker a Lower High School student from Albany Western Australia.