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Cessnock Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Aviation and Leisure Corporation Pty Ltd
Location Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia
Elevation AMSL 211 ft / 64 m
Coordinates 32°47′18″S 151°20′30″E / 32.78833°S 151.34167°E / -32.78833; 151.34167Coordinates: 32°47′18″S 151°20′30″E / 32.78833°S 151.34167°E / -32.78833; 151.34167

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Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 1,097 3,599 Asphalt
Sources: AIP[1]

Cessnock Airport (IATA: CES, ICAO: YCNK) is a civil airport located 6 km (4 mi) (by road) north of Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia.


Built by the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942 during World War II named as RAAF Base Pokolbin, as part of a system of parent and satellite aerodromes proposed throughout New South Wales. The aerodrome was known as RAAF Station Pokolbin. The aerodrome had two runways 5,000 by 160 ft (1,524 by 49 m) wide side by side.[2]

The aerodrome was proposed to have the following satellite aerodromes, Glendon, Rothbury and Weston, however Rothbury and Weston do not appear to have been constructed.[2]

Airport usage

Cessnock Airport is a popular Flight training aerodrome servicing Newcastle and Lower Hunter based pilots and students. It is usually considered so popular due to its large training area, which it shares with Maitland Airport and other Hunter Region aerodromes. There are two flight training schools (Hunter Valley Aviation and Avondale Aviation, now owned by Wollongong University). The airport is also home to a helicopter joy flight centre. Early morning Hot air balloon flights are also common.[citation needed]


  1. YCNK – Cessnock (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Appendix F - World War II Aerodromes and Landing Grounds in NSW". NSW Heritage Office. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 

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