Hinterland Aviation
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Founded11 May 1984 (11 May 1984)
Fleet size17
HeadquartersCairns, Australia

Hinterland Aviation is a regional airline and charter company based at Cairns Airport in Queensland, Australia. The airline operates scheduled flights from Cairns Airport and Townsville Airport.

Hinterland Cessna Caravan at Cairns Airport in 2012
Hinterland Cessna Caravan at Cairns Airport in 2012


The airline was established in 1984 as a charter operation servicing the mining industry, Hinterland Aviation Pty Ltd was acquired by retail travel firm Trailfinders in 1992 and developed a firm footing in the tourism charter industry. The engineering division started in 1995 to support the local needs of the Far North aviation industry.[1] The business was sold in mid-2015 to Broome Air Services, whose Chief Executive Peter Christoudias described it as a merger, not a takeover.[2]


Hinterland has a fleet of 17 aircraft:[3]


From its Cairns base, Hinterland Aviation operates scheduled airline services to Cooktown and Coen. From the airline's Townsville base they operate scheduled flights to Palm Island. The airline also operates numerous charter flights for private clients and Queensland government agencies, as well as international medical evacuation flights into and out of Papua New Guinea.

See also


  1. ^ Hinterland Aviation Pty Ltd and Hinterland Aero Engineering Pty Ltd. Australasian Aviation Group — Cairns Inc. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  2. ^ "The sky's the limit for Hinterland". 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ Hinterland Aviation: Aircraft. Retrieved 6 April 2013.