Cairns Airport

Cairns AirportOpens external site in a new window (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland, located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre. 

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There are two terminals in Cairns.

Terminal 1 - international airport

Qantas flights QF1-QF399 operate from this terminal.

Terminal 2 - domestic airport

Qantas flights QF400 and above operate from this terminal.

Flight status

View our real time flight status page for up-to-the-minute arrival and departure information.



The sales desk is open from 4:30 am to 6 pm. 

Domestic ticketing facilities are available on day of travel only. Only emergency international ticketing is available on day of travel.


Check-in for Qantas domestic flights is located on the ground floor. Open during airport operating hours from 4 am to 10:30 pm.

For Qantas codeshare flights, you may need to check-in with the operating carrier rather than with Qantas. Ask our airport staff for more detail.

Online check-in is available for Qantas and QantasLink Australian domestic bookings between 24 hours and 30 minutes before your flight departure.

Our domestic airports have gone cashless. The purchase of tickets, additional baggage and other Qantas flight related products can be made at Excess baggage payments can still be made by credit card at our self-serve airport kiosks.

Body scanners

Body scanners are now in place in the T1 (international) departure area and passengers or others seeking access into the departure area are selected on a 'random continuous’ basis to undergo this process.



Baggage carousels are located in the arrivals hall (ground floor). Information monitors display flight carousel numbers.

Baggage services has a counter located on the ground floor next to the baggage carousels.


Transfer between terminals

You can walk between terminals in approximately 5 minutes by following the directional signs. 


Find out more about lounge features, operating hours and access to the Cairns Qantas Club.


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Cairns transport options from the airport
Transport Details
Car The airport is approximately 10 minutes drive from the city.
Visit Cairns airportOpens external site in a new window for current car parking rates.
Taxis Approximately A$25 one way to Cairns city.

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Important information

Information correct as of August 2017. Times and prices quoted are a guide only.