Aviation and Compliance

Operated and maintained by the Nhulunbuy Corporation, Gove Airport commenced operation in the 1970’s and brings high quality transport services to remote East Arnhem Land to this day. Gove Airport is serviced daily by Airnorth’s Darwin-Gove-Cairns return E170 jet service and a smaller Brasilia 120 aircraft between Darwin, Groote Eylandt and Gove five days a week.

There are seven aircraft charter operators based at Gove Airport who conduct a combined total of around 20,000 movements a year.

Additionally Gove is serviced by a full time medical evacuation service operated by Careflight NT.

The airport is located on the site of the former RAAF Airfield Gove. The World War II airbase was built in 1943 and named for Pilot Officer William Gove who was killed in action near Maningrida. During the war, the airfield was used by No. 83 Squadron RAAF flying CAC Boomerangs and No. 13 Squadron RAAF flying Lockheed Venturas, with No. 42 Squadron RAAF operating PBY Catalina flying boats out of nearby Drimmie Head. At the height of operations, over 5,000 servicemen were stationed at the base.

Shaped like an aircraft, the unique architecturally-designed Main Terminal today offers city-standard airport facilities to around 65,000 passengers who currently travel to and from the Gove Peninsula each year.

The Main Terminal offers passengers a spacious, air-conditioned facility with an indoor baggage carousel. Dedicated security-restricted areas are available for commercial aircraft and a separate area is available to smaller general aviation craft.

The kiosk is situated in the arrivals hall and sells snacks, drinks, reading material and souvenirs. The kiosk operates in line with scheduled jet services.

Drop off zones can be found outside the Main Terminal, along with taxi and bus collection areas, car parking for up to 80 vehicles and 30 rental vehicles.

All fees associated with the Gove Airport can be found in the Nhulunbuy Corporations Schedule of Fees and Charges.

The Airport Operations team can be contacted by calling (08) 8987 1370.


Please note that enquiries about Airnorth services should be directed to 1800 627 474 during office hours. Urgent after-hours enquiries should be directed to the Airnorth Ticketing Counter at Darwin International Airport on (08) 8920 4003 or Qantas on 13 13 13.

Alternatively, please check the Airnorth or Qantas websites for up-to-date information on airline schedules.

Menzies Aviation Services

Please note that enquiries about check-in and ground handling should be directed to Menzies Aviation Services on 0427 087 174.