In northern Australia, the road network is not accessible for up to six months of the year due to the extremes in rainfall. For the communities isolated during this period and island communities, regular transport by air for passengers and freight of goods is critical.
In remote and regional communities, basic services such as public transport and delivery of fresh food, medical supplies, mail, educational materials and urgent supplies rely on the use of airport infrastructure.
Airports gain further importance as entry gates to regions for business and industries that support and encourage ongoing regional and economic development.
There are 72 regional aerodromes which the Northern Territory Government maintains and they are located in:
Alice Springs Region
Ampilatwatja, Aputula (Finke), Areyonga, Atitjere (Harts Bluff), Kaltukatjara (Docker River), Kintore, Mt Liebig, Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Nyrippi, Papunya, Santa Teresa, Utopia (Urapuntja), Willowra, Yuelamu (Mt Allan) and Yuendumu.
Belyuen, Maningrida, Minjalang (Croker Island), Nauiyu (Daly River), Nguiu (Bathurst Island) Oenpelli (Gunbalanya), Palumpa, Peppimenarti, Pirlangimpi (Garden Point), Wadeye (Port Keats) Milikapiti (Snake Bay) and Warruwi (Goulburn Island).
Galiwinku (Elcho Island), Gapuwiyak (Lake Evella), Milingimbi, Milyakburra (Bickerton Island), Numbulwar and Ramingining.
Amanbidji (kildurk Station), Barunga, Beswick, Bulla Camp, Delara-Weemol, Kalkarindji, Lajamanu (Hooker Creek), Manyallaluk (Eva Valley), Minyerri (Hodgson Down), Ngukurr (Roper River), Pigeon Hole, Rittarangu (Urapunga), Robinson River and Yarralin.
Tennant Creek Region
Ali Curung (Warrabri), Canteen Creek, Elliot and Wangalinji (Clean Skin).
NT Government Aerodromes
Batchelor, Borroloola, Bullita, Cape Don, Keep River, Kidman Springs, Roper Bar, Smith Point, Ti-Tree, Timber Creek and Wauk (Murganella).
Highway Emergency Aerodromes
Barrow Creek, Barkly Homestead, Erldunda, Henbury and Kulgera.
Kings Creek Station and Laramba (Napperby).