The Indian Ocean Territories is comprised of the territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Because of their distance from the Australian mainland, the territories rely heavily on aircraft operations for access to essential services, time-critical freight and logistics, economic development and social wellbeing. 

AP’s Keith Tonkin visited both airports during the week of 11-15 December 2023 to gain a first-hand appreciation of the scale and scope of aircraft operations and the challenges in operating airports in such remote locations, and to speak with local stakeholders to get their perspective on opportunities for improvement and desirable future developments. 

A master plan is an essential planning tool for airports to provide a framework and guidance on the staged long-term development of an airport to maximise its financial, economic, and social benefits to the local community. 

The master plan aims to set out the future infrastructure and facility requirements for the airport to cater for anticipated airline services and passenger numbers, along with freight/logistics services, to underpin the ongoing growth, economic development, and tourism potential for the Indian Ocean Territories. 

Christmas Island Airport (YPXM)

Image: Christmas Island Airport (YPXM)

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Airport Master Plans for Airports in the Indian Ocean Territories