Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Enhanced air traffic services at regional airports

After consultation with other aviation agencies and industry, Airservices defined the implementation plan for improving air traffic service arrangements at a number of major regional airports.

Priority was given to regional airports that show a predicted growth in traffic levels, which have existing surveillance infrastructure that is of suitable quality to provide the approach services. During the review, the surveillance methods considered included the use of new and existing technologies that were developed over recent years, these include Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) and Wide Area Multilateration (WAM).

The plan outlines a phased approach to the introduction of Regional Approach Services (RAPPS) using surveillance, initially focusing on seven locations, namely Hobart, Launceston, Rockhampton, Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and Alice Springs. Other airports listed in the mandate will be reviewed periodically to determine if the traffic density warrants the need for SAFRA-type services.

Presently the following planned stages have been implemented:



Launceston and Hobart

  • RAPPS commenced June 2011.


  • RAPPS commenced June 2013.


  • RAPPS commenced January 2014.


  • Enhanced Flight Information Services (eFIS) commenced November 2013.
  • The implementation of the enhanced approach services will be considered as part of the Brisbane Basin Review being performed in 2014.

Alice Springs

  • Enhanced Flight Information Services commenced (eFIS) December 2013.
  • The traffic growth and ADS-B uptake has been reviewed and does not currently show the need for a RAPPS service. This will be reviewed periodically at six-monthly intervals.