Preliminary Airspace Review Darwin 2019

Closed 26 Jun 2019

Opened 5 Jun 2019

Results updated 1 Nov 2019

The purpose of this review was to evaluate the current airspace arrangements and to ensure that the airspace surrounding Darwin Airport (Darwin) as per the parameters shown below within the scope, is fit for purpose.

The scope of this review assessed airspace within 40 Nautical Miles (NM) from Darwin from the surface up to 6,500 feet (FT) Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL).

Please view the Airspace review Darwin 2019 - request for public comments document below. 


Published responses

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The airspace in the vicinity of Darwin, Northern Territory, is currently being reviewed to determine if the current airspace structure around Darwin aerodrome is appropriate and safe for aviation activity.

The review will assess the suitability of the airspace from ground level to 6500 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) within 40 Nautical Miles (NM) of Darwin aerodrome and the risks related to aircraft incidents.

The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA manages the regulation of airspace in Australia and is responsible for conducting airspace reviews.

The OAR determines the need and priority for an airspace review based on information related to annual aircraft and passenger movements, aviation incidents and any feedback or information provided on issues related to airspace activity.

The last review for Darwin, conducted in 2010, found the airspace was adequate in addressing risk at the time, and resulted in no changes.

Documents for review

A copy of the Terms of Reference for the Airspace Review of Darwin is provided below. This includes a downloadable Word copy and PDF of this consultation for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation. Please use the on-line consultation form for your response. The word document and PDF should not be used as an emailed submission.

Why your views matter

This consultation is seeking feedback on safety, efficiency and improvements to the current airspace surrounding Darwin, Northern Territory.

What happens next

Once the consultation has closed, we will register and review each submission received through the online response form. We will make all submissions publicly available on the Consultation Hub, unless you request that your submission remain confidential. We will also publish a Summary of Consultation which summarises the feedback received.

Information about how we consult and how to make a confidential submission is available on the CASA website.

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  • CASA Staff
  • Aerodrome operator
  • Air operators
  • Flight training operators
  • Pilots
  • Sports aviation operators
  • Air traffic controller/s
  • Air traffic service provider


  • Airspace and infrastructure
  • Sport and recreational aviation
  • Air travel