Cheap Flights to Airlie Beach

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When is the best time to fly to Airlie Beach?

Peak season

Located in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, tourists and backpackers book cheap flights to Airlie Beach all year round. The gateway to the 74 islands of the Whitsundays, from Airlie Beach you can also explore The Great Barrier Reef, or stay on shore and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of town with its palm-fringed beaches and waterfront parks. There are many restaurants offering al fresco dining to take advantage of the subtropical climate. Peak season in Airlie Beach centres around the school holidays (June/July and September/October) Christmas, New Year’s and Easter. September and October are particularly busy months for booking flights to Airlie Beach, so planning ahead is advised. Schoolies in November can also see flights subject to higher prices.

Off Season

Anytime outside of school holidays is generally off season and when you can grab some great flight deals. From December to February the hot and humid weather puts off many travellers, so pick and choose your dates to get cheap flights to Airlie Beach. It pays to note that stinger jellyfish season runs between October and May and ocean swimming is restricted.

When is the best time to book a flight to Airlie Beach?

The best time to book flights to Airlie Beach is in September. At this time of year climate is a balmy 20C to 26C with constant sunshine and lower humidity. It is outside stinger season and for most of the month schools are still in session. Early birds, last minute travellers and those with flexible dates will get cheapest flight tickets to Airlie Beach.

How long is the flight to Airlie Beach?

Flights from Sydney to Airlie Beach – 2 hrs 20 mins

Flights from Melbourne to Airlie Beach – 2 hrs 55 mins

Flights from Brisbane to Airlie Beach – 1 hr 40 mins

Flights from Adelaide to Airlie Beach – 2 hrs 45 mins

Flights from Cairns to Airlie Beach – 1 hr 10 mins

Which airlines operate flights to Airlie Beach?

The most convenient way to reach Airlie Beach is to fly given the attractive price of flight tickets from competing domestic airlines Virgin Australia and Jetstar. These two carriers operate regular direct flights to Proserpine Airport (aka Whitsunday Coast Airport) from Brisbane and Melbourne. Travellers from Sydney using these airlines will need to connect via Brisbane Airport. Alternatively, consider purchasing flight tickets with low-cost airline Tiger air as it operates a direct route to Proserpine Airport from Sydney.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Flights to Airlie Beach land at Proserpine Airport (PPP), and it’s a 25 minute journey from here to the town. Many people opt for the shuttle service as it takes you right to your destination for a reasonable price. Pre-booking a shuttle is essential before your flight lands. Buses and taxis are on hand for each flight and rental cars are also available for hire inside the terminal.

Airlie Beach insider information

  • Airlie Beach is a great place to stay if you want to explore mainland resorts as well as the amazing Great Barrier Reef.

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