The city of Launceston in the Australian state of Tasmania is one of the oldest cities in Australia and is serviced by a small non curfew airport 15 kms outside the city. Launceston Airport is located in the rural area of Western Junction. It is Tasmania’s fastest growing airport and the second largest. It offers various onsite options for car rental that you can compare online right here.

A long history

Launceston Airport is built on the site of the first air travel facility in Tasmania. The Western Junction Aerodrome was opened in 1927 and opened for use in 1930. In its early years it was used for flights between Launceston and Flinders Island. During World War II it served as Tasmania’s only RAAF base.


In 1962 it was redeveloped into a more functional airport and reopened as Launceston Airport allowing further interstate travel to and from the airport. In 1982 it was made functional to the Boeing 747 again further increasing its usefulness. In 1998 the airport was privatized and is now jointly owned by the Launceston City Council and the Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited, the same company that owns Melbourne Airport. In recent years due to the dramatic decrease in airline costs it has seen a dramatic increase in usage and in 2007 it had over a million users for the first time. As it stands the airport offers interstate services to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney only as well as flights to Flinders Island, Cape Barron Island, King Island and Wynyard. It features car rental onsite through major car rental companies Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Europcar, Redspot and Hertz. Compare car rental prices online with us to drive away from Launceston Airport in the best deal for you.