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RAAF Curtin
Curtin Airport
Airport type Military/Public
Operator DoD / Shire of Derby/West Kimberley
Location Derby, Western Australia
Elevation AMSL 300 ft / 91 m
Coordinates 17°34′53″S 123°49′42″E / 17.58139°S 123.82833°E / -17.58139; 123.82833Coordinates: 17°34′53″S 123°49′42″E / 17.58139°S 123.82833°E / -17.58139; 123.82833

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Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,049 10,003 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

RAAF Base Curtin (IATA: DCN, ICAO: YCIN) is a Royal Australian Air Force base located 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi) southeast[1] of the town of Derby on the north coast of Western Australia. As it is one of the RAAF's three 'bare bases' no Air Force units are currently based at Curtin and it is maintained by a small caretaker staff during peacetime. The base is named in honour of former Prime Minister John Curtin.

RAAF Curtin was the first new major military airfield to be built in Australia since World War II. Construction on the base began in 1983 and it was opened on 11 June 1988.[2] The base has only been activated twice by the RAAF.[2] From the late 1990s the base operated as Curtin Immigration Reception and Processing Centre, a Commonwealth of Australia immigration detention centre, which closed in September 2002.[3] However the centre was reopened in April 2010 to house around 60 Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum seekers whose applications were suspended.[4]

There is a direct flights back to Derby (to Perth) from 2007 since Ansett terminated the service in 1992.

Airline and destination

Airlines Destinations 
Skippers Aviation Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Perth, Kununurra

See also

  • List of airports in Western Australia


  1. 1.0 1.1 YCIN – Curtin (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biggs, Gavin (18 July 2013). "RAAF Curtin Marks 25 Years". p. 15. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  3. "Curtin centre closes". ABC. The World Today. 24 September 2002. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  4. Curtin Air Base re-opened to hold asylum seekers, The Age, 18 April 2010.

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