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Laynhapuy Aviation

Due to the remote locations and seasonal access difficulties of many of the Laynhapuy homelands, Laynhapuy Aviation was established in 1986 with a helicopter service to provide passenger transport and logistical support to the homelands. The service was expanded in 1989 to include a fixed wing aircraft operation.
Laynhapuy Aviation Pty Ltd, also known by its trading name Laynha Air, is fully owned by LHAC. Laynhapuy Aviation is now a major supplier of air charter services to remote homelands and communities throughout East Arnhem Land, operating six fixed wing aircraft. Laynhapuy Aviation flies to all of the Laynhapuy homelands, the communities around Arnhem Land and as far as Borroloola, Goulburn Island and Darwin. 

It is the primary airline in the region and employs nine pilots and four administration and ground staff, three of whom are Yolngu. Laynhapuy Aviation is the transport backbone of the region, providing about 8000 landings per year, transporting homelands residents, teachers, public servants, health providers and other visitors to the homelands, as well as providing search and rescue and medical evacuations.

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Laynhapuy Aviation cross-subsidises fares for homelands residents from it’s other commissioned charters, in recognition of the financial position of many residents and the necessity for frequent air travel to access services, buy groceries, attend ceremonies, or attend school or training.

Laynhapuy Aviation began in 1986 with one man, one helicopter and a small office behind the Laynhapuy Homelands office. Adrian Wagg, working closely with Jonetani Rika from Laynhapuy Homelands, secured a loan from an Aboriginal funding body and bought the company’s first helicopter to help people return to their homelands, and to provide ongoing support to the homelands people.

Laynhapuy Aviation has grown from its modest roots to become the major charter airline in Gove, operating from an office and hangar at the airport and employing a general manager, nine pilots, a book-keeper and two bus drivers and freight handlers. The airline is self-funding, with all income generated through charters going back into the business for wages, maintenance and purchase of new assets.

Adrian’s son Dan took the reins in 2003 to become the General Manager of Laynhapuy Aviation. Dan continues to run the business, and has plans to expand the company’s assets in the future while keeping flight costs to a minimum to continue supporting the homelands residents.


Laynha Air

Office hours: 
Mon–Fri – 08:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-17:00 
Location: Hanger 3, 
Gove Airport, Melville Bay Road, Nhulunbuy
Address: PO Box 721, Nhulunbuy NT 0881 
Phone: 08 8987 3155 
Free call: 1800873155 
Fax: 08 8987 1455 
ABN: 56 056 108 706