Alice Springs Airport (ASP) Information
(Alice Springs, Northern Territory - NT, Australia)
Alice Springs Airport lies right in the middle of Australia's dry, red outback. It provides quick access to the remote town of the same name, which is situated in the southern Northern Territory. The airport has just one terminal and has been in operation since the 1920s. Although it only handles around 600,000 passengers a year, it has three runways, one of which can accommodate wide-body aircraft.
Domestic flights with Qantas, QantasLink, Tiger Airways Australia and Ausjet are offered. The airport receives flights from all Australian state capitals except Hobart, plus there is a regular shuttle to Ayers Rock (Uluru), to the south-west of the town itself. Alice Springs Airport is curfew-free, meaning that it is open 24 hours.
Facilities are really quite decent for a small airport, while the drive to Alice Springs is straightforward via the Stuart Highway. It is possible to fly directly to Ayers Rock from Alice Springs, or you can hire a car at the airport and self-drive.
Alice Springs Airport (ASP)
Address: Santa Teresa Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, NT, 0870, Australia, AU
Tel: +61 8 8951 1211
Alice Springs Airport is situated 15 km / 9 miles south-southeast of the town of Alice Springs, and around 450 km / 280 miles north-east of Ayers Rock. The airport's single terminal building offers runway views, with passengers boarding aircraft via the tarmac.
Alice Springs Airports Guide
- Currency exchange via Australian Way
- ATMs throughout the airport are in operation 24 hours
- Café Alice serves meals and snacks, plus there is the Todd River Ale House bar and a patio area for smokers
- Shopping options include Runway News for reading material and gifts, Gem Cave for gems and Australian Way for souvenirs
- Car hire companies with desks include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty
- Internet access near the restaurant
- Fully accessible to disabled travellers
- Short- and long-term parking at the terminal
By car, simply follow the signs to the city, which is to the north-northwest of the airport. Directions are as follows - head north-west along Santa Teresa Road and then north along the Stuart Highway. Of note, the driving time will be around 20 minutes. If you plan on driving to Ayers Rock, be prepared for a long trek, since it is about five or six hours' drive to the south-west, via the Stuart and Lasseter highways.
All scheduled flights are met by the Alice Springs Airport shuttle, which serves the main hotels and hostels in the city centre. Tickets can be purchased in the Arrivals area, at the Alice Wanderer shuttle stand, with both single and return tickets available. Trip time is 20 to 30 minutes.
Taxis and Limos
Taxis are ubiquitous and can be picked up outside Arrivals. They run to all suburbs of Alice Springs, although fares are pricey and evening surcharges apply. Limousines can be booked at the transport information desk.