1964: The Launch of a Regional Airport in Southeastern Australia

September 13, 1964

In southeastern Australia, a regional airport in the state of New South Wales (NSW) was opened to the public. This airport is located 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) northeast of the NSW city of Albury, which is on NSW’s border with the neighboring state of Victoria. Albury Airport serves not only its namesake city but also the city of Wodonga on the Victorian side of that border.

Albury Airport was officially inaugurated by David Fairbairn, who was serving at the time as Australia’s minister of national development. Fairbairn had been appointed to that ministerial role just a little over three month earlier, and he remained in the position until 1969.

A major reason for building Albury Airport in the first place was to provide regular passenger flights between that region of Australia and the cities of Sydney (the capital of NSW) and Melbourne (the capital of Victoria). In the time since its debut, Albury Airport has been significantly expanded and upgraded to meet the ever-increasing needs for airborne transportation in both NSW and Victoria.

Albury Airport now accommodates agricultural, charter, freight, and general aviation aircraft. In addition, it is the location for the official weather station serving the Albury-Wodonga area. This airport has become one of the busiest in NSW, Australia’s most populous state.

Photo Credit: Tuddy (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)

For more information on Albury Airport, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albury_Airport

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