The airport carpark is being upgraded and parking is limited. Passengers are encouraged to arrange alternate transport and allow extra travel time.

On behalf of our passengers, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport takes security very seriously. Safety of the Airport precinct is of the highest priority, and Ballina Byron Gateway Airport works closely with all government regulators relating to aviation safety and security.

Checked bag screening is in operation as per the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 & Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.

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Dangerous Goods and Prohibited Items
Dangerous goods are items or substances that may endanger the safety of aircraft or persons on board an aircraft. Please contact the airline you are flying with for details of prohibited and allowable items.

For a full list of items currently prohibited under Australian law, please click the relevant link below:

Dangerous goods

Prohibited items

Due to the number of items passing through security, it is not possible to list them all. Security screening officers and the airline are responsible for ensuring security standards are met and have the final say about what items are permitted. Check with your airline before travel as they may have additional restrictions.

Inappropriate Jokes and Comments
Any comment made, even if in jest, regarding the possession or knowledge of possession of a weapon or explosive device will be taken seriously and may result in prosecution and/or refusal by the airline to carry you as a passenger.


Unattended Items
Baggage and personal items should under no circumstances, be left unattended. Leaving an item unattended may result in prosecution.

Please ensure that all baggage has your name and home address details on the inside and your name and destination displayed on the outside. Airlines provide luggage tags at the check-in counters for this purpose.


Passenger Drop off
You are permitted to drop off passengers and accompanying baggage at the terminal kerbside. However, due to Aviation Security requirements you must not leave the vehicle unattended at any time. Any vehicle left unattended will be subject to an immediate fine. Attended vehicles can only remain in the drop off area for a maximum of two minutes whilst unloading passengers.


Parking outside the Terminal is not permitted at any time.
If you wish to farewell your passengers and accompany them to the Terminal, take advantage of the short stay car parking facilities and say a “long goodbye!’

You may pick up passengers waiting for you at the front of the Terminal but only if all your passengers are kerbside and ready to depart with all their luggage.

Alternatively take the opportunity to park in the Short Stay Car Park and venture into the terminal for a great cup of coffee.

Flight arrival and departure times can be checked online before leaving home should you wish to avoid unnecessary waiting.


Filming and Photography
Passengers and visitors may take cameras into the departures lounge, however photos may not be taken of check-in counters, check-in staff, security procedures or security staff.

For filming guidelines please refer to Media News Crews and Filming Requests on our FAQs page


MSS Security can be contacted on 0401 776 230