There are two passenger terminals T1 (International Terminal) and T2 (Domestic Terminal). On the western side of the airport in the General Aviation Precinct there are a number of private aviation facilities, Aviation Australia's Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and Cairns Airport's common user General Aviation Terminal.

The Terminal Operations Manual is designed to provide some basic information that will assist in the formalities associated with terminal protocols, resource allocations, communication procedures and contingencies associated with baggage handling systems.

Click the following links for the Fire & Terminal Evacuation Plans for T1, T2 and AAC (Airport Administration Building).

Passenger Terminal Operational Hours

Departure Areas of the Terminals are closed after the last Flight Departure.
Arrival Areas of the Terminals are closed after the last Flight Arrival.

All Terminal areas reopen daily in accordance with the Arrivals and Departures.


Cairns Airport is a security controlled airport and operates a Transport Security Program in accordance with Australian Government legislation and guidelines. Security measures and procedures are established to protect and safeguard civil aviation, employers, employees, the travelling public and visitors to the airport against unlawful acts, unlawful interference, terrorism and sabotage. The Australian Federal Police maintain a 24-hour presence on the airport’s landside and airside areas and in the airport’s passenger terminals.