The OAG Flightview Punctuality Overview 2016 rated Cairns Airport as being number 7 in the top 10 small airports worldwide.
CNS Airport is only 7 km from the central business district of the city of Cairns, located off Sheridan Street & Captain Cook Highway, and situated in the southeastern part of the tropical Cape York Peninsula (between Mount Whitfield to the west & Trinity Bay to the east). It is easily accessible by its close proximity to an extensive road network.
With two runways and 5 million passengers a year, Cairns Airport is served by domestic & international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to cities around the world.
Cairns Airport has a Domestic and an International passenger terminal.
NOTE: SmartGate border control's ABC e-gates have been installed at: Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, & Darwin. (Biometric cameras fitted to the eGates automatically adjust to the passenger’s height and innovative document feeder technology automatically positions the passport precisely on the reader eliminating any delays due to document misplacement or inadequacy of time for reading. During busy periods, each eGate is capable of processing up to 150 passengers an hour.)