About this route:

A direct, nonstop flight between Santa Maria Airport (SMA), Santa Maria, Portugal and Bankstown Airport (BWU), Bankstown (near Sydney), New South Wales, Australia would travel a Great Circle distance of 12,135 miles (or 19,529 kilometers).

A Great Circle is the shortest distance between 2 points on a sphere. Because most world maps are flat (but the Earth is round), the route of the shortest distance between 2 points on the Earth will often appear curved when viewed on a flat map, especially for long distances. If you were to simply draw a straight line on a flat map and measure a very long distance, it would likely be much further than if you were to lay a string between those two points on a globe. Because of the large distance between Santa Maria Airport and Bankstown Airport, the route shown on this map most likely appears curved because of this reason.

Try it at home! Get a globe and tightly lay a string between Santa Maria Airport and Bankstown Airport. You'll see that it will travel the same route of the red line on this map!

The distance between SMA and BWU makes them almost exactly antipodal (the exact opposite side of the world) to each other. Nonstop flights between Santa Maria Airport and Bankstown Airport would be very impractical for the airlines, because only a lightly loaded Boeing 777-200LR would be able to make the trip. Since airlines need to be able to take as many people and cargo as possible in order to make a profit, the odds of ever seeing a nonstop flight between SMA and BWU are slim to none. However, you'll still be able to get from Santa Maria, Portugal and Bankstown (near Sydney), New South Wales, Australia by taking some connecting flights!

Did you know that one full circling of the Earth (measuring from the equator) is about 24,901.5 miles (or 40,075 kilometers), which means if you were 12,450 miles from any given point on the planet, the distance back to your starting point would be about the same -- in any direction! The same can be said for a nonstop flight between SMA and BWU!

Departure Airport Information:

IATA / ICAO Codes: SMA / LPAZ
Airport Names:
  1. Santa Maria Airport
  2. Aeroporto de Santa Maria
Location: Santa Maria, Portugal
GPS Coordinates: 36°58'26"N by 25°10'15"W
Area Served: Vila do Porto
Operator/Owner: Government of Portugal
Airport Type: Public
Elevation: 308 feet (94 meters)
# of Runways: 1
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Arrival Airport Information:

IATA / ICAO Codes: BWU / YSBK
Airport Names:
  1. Bankstown Airport
  2. Sydney/Bankstown Airport
Location: Bankstown (near Sydney), New South Wales, Australia
GPS Coordinates: 33°55'29"S by 150°59'17"E
Operator/Owner: Bankstown Airport Ltd.
Airport Type: Public
Elevation: 34 feet (10 meters)
# of Runways: 3
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Facts about Santa Maria Airport (SMA):

  • A chartered Boeing 707-300, Independent Air Flight 1851 from Bergamo, Italy in 1989 crashed on approach to Santa Maria Airport, when it struck the Pico Alto mountain.
  • It was built in the context of the Second World War, by US troops in order to maintain supply lines to Europe, and inaugurated on 26 July 1945.
  • The furthest airport from Santa Maria Airport (SMA) is Moruya Airport (MYA), which is nearly antipodal to Santa Maria Airport (meaning Santa Maria Airport is almost on the exact opposite side of the Earth from Moruya Airport), and is located 12,166 miles (19,579 kilometers) away in Moruya, New South Wales, Australia.
  • The closest airport to Santa Maria Airport (SMA) is João Paulo II Airport (PDL), which is located 60 miles (97 kilometers) NNW of SMA.
  • Transportes Aéreos Portugueses began lay-over flights to this airport on 7 December 1962, eventually inaugurating trans-Atlantic service between Santa Maria-New York and Santa Maria-Montreal.
  • In addition to being known as "Santa Maria Airport", another name for SMA is "Aeroporto de Santa Maria".
  • Because of Santa Maria Airport's relatively low elevation of 308 feet, planes can take off or land at Santa Maria Airport at a lower air speed than at airports located at a higher elevation. This is because the air density is higher closer to sea level than it would otherwise be at higher elevations.
  • Santa Maria Airport (SMA) currently has only 1 runway.
  • Santa Maria Airport handled 93,436 passengers last year.

Facts about Bankstown Airport (BWU):

  • In addition to being known as "Bankstown Airport", another name for BWU is "Sydney/Bankstown Airport".
  • Bankstown Airport (BWU) has 3 runways.
  • Runway 11C has a straight-in RNAV approach procedure.
  • The terminal plays host to numerous events year round such as the annual Sydney Aviation Model Show.
  • During the war, several "dummy houses" were built to make Bankstown Airport and its surrounds appear as a farm, hangars were disguised as houses with fake roads to further confuse the enemy.
  • The furthest airport from Bankstown Airport (BWU) is Santa Maria Airport (SMA), which is nearly antipodal to Bankstown Airport (meaning Bankstown Airport is almost on the exact opposite side of the Earth from Santa Maria Airport), and is located 12,135 miles (19,529 kilometers) away in Santa Maria, Portugal.
  • The closest airport to Bankstown Airport (BWU) is Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD), which is located only 11 miles (18 kilometers) E of BWU.
  • Because of Bankstown Airport's relatively low elevation of 34 feet, planes can take off or land at Bankstown Airport at a lower air speed than at airports located at a higher elevation. This is because the air density is higher closer to sea level than it would otherwise be at higher elevations.
  • Bankstown has its own dedicated air traffic control tower, operated by Airservices Australia, and uses Class D airspace procedures.
  • The existing small passenger terminal at the airport is capable of handling up to 200 passengers per hour.
  • The airport and the neighbouring Georges River Golf Course together form a suburb which is usually referred to as Bankstown Airport, although the official name is Bankstown Aerodrome.
  • One of its hangars is being used for the filming of Top Gear Australia, however none of the track sections were filmed at Bankstown as it is too busy.

Map of Nearest Airports to Santa Maria Airport:

List of Nearest Airports to Santa Maria Airport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
160.44 miles (97.26 km) NNWJoão Paulo II Airport (PDL)Ponta Delgada, Azores, PortugalView João Paulo II Airport on a map Set PDL as origin Airport Set PDL as destination Airport Get more information about João Paulo II Airport
2161.94 miles (260.61 km) NWLajes Air Base (TER)Lajes, Azores, PortugalView Lajes Air Base on a map Set TER as origin Airport Set TER as destination Airport Get more information about Lajes Air Base
3209.34 miles (336.90 km) WNWPico Airport (PIX)Pico Island, Azores, PortugalView Pico Airport on a map Set PIX as origin Airport Set PIX as destination Airport Get more information about Pico Airport
4213.54 miles (343.67 km) NWGraciosa Airport (GRW)Graciosa Island, Azores, PortugalView Graciosa Airport on a map Set GRW as origin Airport Set GRW as destination Airport Get more information about Graciosa Airport
5221.17 miles (355.94 km) WNWHorta International Airport (HOR)Horta, Azores, PortugalView Horta International Airport on a map Set HOR as origin Airport Set HOR as destination Airport Get more information about Horta International Airport
6366.19 miles (589.32 km) WNWFlores Airport (FLW)Flores Island, Azores, PortugalView Flores Airport on a map Set FLW as origin Airport Set FLW as destination Airport Get more information about Flores Airport
7371.97 miles (598.63 km) WNWCorvo Airport (CVU)Corvo Island, Azores, PortugalView Corvo Airport on a map Set CVU as origin Airport Set CVU as destination Airport Get more information about Corvo Airport
8560.01 miles (901.25 km) ESEMadeira Airport (FNC)Funchal, Madeira, PortugalView Madeira Airport on a map Set FNC as origin Airport Set FNC as destination Airport Get more information about Madeira Airport
9566.98 miles (912.46 km) ESEPorto Santo Airport (PXO)Porto Santo, Madeira, PortugalView Porto Santo Airport on a map Set PXO as origin Airport Set PXO as destination Airport Get more information about Porto Santo Airport
10719.25 miles (1,157.51 km) SELa Palma Airport (SPC)La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainView La Palma Airport on a map Set SPC as origin Airport Set SPC as destination Airport Get more information about La Palma Airport
11771.87 miles (1,242.20 km) SELa Gomera Airport (GMZ)Alajeró / San Sebastián, Canary Islands, SpainView La Gomera Airport on a map Set GMZ as origin Airport Set GMZ as destination Airport Get more information about La Gomera Airport
12778.68 miles (1,253.16 km) SETenerife North Airport (TFN)Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainView Tenerife North Airport on a map Set TFN as origin Airport Set TFN as destination Airport Get more information about Tenerife North Airport
13793.97 miles (1,277.77 km) SETenerife-South Airport (TFS)Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainView Tenerife-South Airport on a map Set TFS as origin Airport Set TFS as destination Airport Get more information about Tenerife-South Airport
14844.99 miles (1,359.87 km) SEGran Canaria Airport (LPA)Las Palmas, Canary Islands, SpainView Gran Canaria Airport on a map Set LPA as origin Airport Set LPA as destination Airport Get more information about Gran Canaria Airport
15869.00 miles (1,398.51 km) SELanzarote Airport (ACE)Arrecife, Canary Islands, SpainView Lanzarote Airport on a map Set ACE as origin Airport Set ACE as destination Airport Get more information about Lanzarote Airport

Map of Furthest Airports from Santa Maria Airport:

List of Furthest Airports from Santa Maria Airport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
112,166.03 miles (19,579.28 km) ESEMoruya Airport (MYA)Moruya, New South Wales, AustraliaView Moruya Airport on a map Set MYA as origin Airport Set MYA as destination Airport Get more information about Moruya Airport
212,164.68 miles (19,577.11 km) EMerimbula Airport (MIM)Merimbula, New South Wales, AustraliaView Merimbula Airport on a map Set MIM as origin Airport Set MIM as destination Airport Get more information about Merimbula Airport
312,155.61 miles (19,562.50 km) SEIllawarra Regional Airport (WOL)Shellharbour, Wollongong, New South Wales, AustraliaView Illawarra Regional Airport on a map Set WOL as origin Airport Set WOL as destination Airport Get more information about Illawarra Regional Airport
412,143.59 miles (19,543.17 km) SESydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD)Mascot (near Sydney), AustraliaView Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport on a map Set SYD as origin Airport Set SYD as destination Airport Get more information about Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport
512,135.02 miles (19,529.37 km) SEBankstown Airport (BWU)Bankstown (near Sydney), New South Wales, AustraliaView Bankstown Airport on a map Set BWU as origin Airport Set BWU as destination Airport Get more information about Bankstown Airport
612,128.04 miles (19,518.13 km) SECamden Aerodrome (CDU)Camden, New South Wales, AustraliaView Camden Aerodrome on a map Set CDU as origin Airport Set CDU as destination Airport Get more information about Camden Aerodrome
712,113.81 miles (19,495.24 km) ESEGoulburn Airport (GUL)Goulburn, New South Wales, AustraliaView Goulburn Airport on a map Set GUL as origin Airport Set GUL as destination Airport Get more information about Goulburn Airport
812,112.40 miles (19,492.97 km) SEBelmont Airport (BEO)Newcastle, New South Wales, AustraliaView Belmont Airport on a map Set BEO as origin Airport Set BEO as destination Airport Get more information about Belmont Airport
912,102.07 miles (19,476.35 km) ESECanberra Airport (CBR)Canberra, AustraliaView Canberra Airport on a map Set CBR as origin Airport Set CBR as destination Airport Get more information about Canberra Airport
1012,101.93 miles (19,476.12 km) SSENewcastle Airport (NTL)Newcastle, New South Wales, AustraliaView Newcastle Airport on a map Set NTL as origin Airport Set NTL as destination Airport Get more information about Newcastle Airport
1112,086.58 miles (19,451.41 km) SECessnock Airport (CES)Cessnock, New South Wales, AustraliaView Cessnock Airport on a map Set CES as origin Airport Set CES as destination Airport Get more information about Cessnock Airport
1212,086.22 miles (19,450.83 km) SSEMaitland Airport (MTL)Maitland, New South Wales, AustraliaView Maitland Airport on a map Set MTL as origin Airport Set MTL as destination Airport Get more information about Maitland Airport
1312,054.69 miles (19,400.10 km) SEBathurst Airport (BHS)Bathurst, New South Wales, AustraliaView Bathurst Airport on a map Set BHS as origin Airport Set BHS as destination Airport Get more information about Bathurst Airport
1412,047.90 miles (19,389.17 km) ECorryong Airport (CYG)Corryong, Victoria, AustraliaView Corryong Airport on a map Set CYG as origin Airport Set CYG as destination Airport Get more information about Corryong Airport
1512,038.04 miles (19,373.30 km) SSEPort Macquarie Airport (PQQ)Port Macquarie, New South Wales, AustraliaView Port Macquarie Airport on a map Set PQQ as origin Airport Set PQQ as destination Airport Get more information about Port Macquarie Airport

Map of Nearest Airports to Bankstown Airport:

List of Nearest Airports to Bankstown Airport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
110.93 miles (17.58 km) ESydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD)Mascot (near Sydney), AustraliaView Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport on a map Set SYD as destination Airport Set SYD as destination Airport Get more information about Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport
219.02 miles (30.61 km) WSWCamden Aerodrome (CDU)Camden, New South Wales, AustraliaView Camden Aerodrome on a map Set CDU as destination Airport Set CDU as destination Airport Get more information about Camden Aerodrome
345.41 miles (73.08 km) SSWIllawarra Regional Airport (WOL)Shellharbour, Wollongong, New South Wales, AustraliaView Illawarra Regional Airport on a map Set WOL as destination Airport Set WOL as destination Airport Get more information about Illawarra Regional Airport
470.45 miles (113.38 km) NNEBelmont Airport (BEO)Newcastle, New South Wales, AustraliaView Belmont Airport on a map Set BEO as destination Airport Set BEO as destination Airport Get more information about Belmont Airport
581.14 miles (130.58 km) NNECessnock Airport (CES)Cessnock, New South Wales, AustraliaView Cessnock Airport on a map Set CES as destination Airport Set CES as destination Airport Get more information about Cessnock Airport
684.70 miles (136.31 km) WNWBathurst Airport (BHS)Bathurst, New South Wales, AustraliaView Bathurst Airport on a map Set BHS as destination Airport Set BHS as destination Airport Get more information about Bathurst Airport
789.21 miles (143.57 km) NNEMaitland Airport (MTL)Maitland, New South Wales, AustraliaView Maitland Airport on a map Set MTL as destination Airport Set MTL as destination Airport Get more information about Maitland Airport
892.09 miles (148.20 km) NNENewcastle Airport (NTL)Newcastle, New South Wales, AustraliaView Newcastle Airport on a map Set NTL as destination Airport Set NTL as destination Airport Get more information about Newcastle Airport
994.42 miles (151.96 km) SWGoulburn Airport (GUL)Goulburn, New South Wales, AustraliaView Goulburn Airport on a map Set GUL as destination Airport Set GUL as destination Airport Get more information about Goulburn Airport
10123.27 miles (198.38 km) NWMudgee Airport (DGE)Mudgee, New South Wales, AustraliaView Mudgee Airport on a map Set DGE as destination Airport Set DGE as destination Airport Get more information about Mudgee Airport
11139.69 miles (224.81 km) SWCanberra Airport (CBR)Canberra, AustraliaView Canberra Airport on a map Set CBR as destination Airport Set CBR as destination Airport Get more information about Canberra Airport
12144.45 miles (232.46 km) SSWMoruya Airport (MYA)Moruya, New South Wales, AustraliaView Moruya Airport on a map Set MYA as destination Airport Set MYA as destination Airport Get more information about Moruya Airport
13168.82 miles (271.69 km) NNWCoolah Airport (CLH)Coolah, New South Wales, AustraliaView Coolah Airport on a map Set CLH as destination Airport Set CLH as destination Airport Get more information about Coolah Airport
14175.41 miles (282.30 km) WSWCootamundra Airport (CMD)Cootamundra, New South Wales, AustraliaView Cootamundra Airport on a map Set CMD as destination Airport Set CMD as destination Airport Get more information about Cootamundra Airport
15179.86 miles (289.45 km) WNWForbes Airport (FRB)Forbes, New South Wales, AustraliaView Forbes Airport on a map Set FRB as destination Airport Set FRB as destination Airport Get more information about Forbes Airport

Map of Furthest Airports from Bankstown Airport:

List of Furthest Airports from Bankstown Airport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
112,135.02 miles (19,529.37 km) NWSanta Maria Airport (SMA)Santa Maria, PortugalView Santa Maria Airport on a map Set SMA as destination Airport Set SMA as destination Airport Get more information about Santa Maria Airport
212,118.89 miles (19,503.41 km) NHorta International Airport (HOR)Horta, Azores, PortugalView Horta International Airport on a map Set HOR as destination Airport Set HOR as destination Airport Get more information about Horta International Airport
312,115.36 miles (19,497.74 km) NPico Airport (PIX)Pico Island, Azores, PortugalView Pico Airport on a map Set PIX as destination Airport Set PIX as destination Airport Get more information about Pico Airport
412,114.35 miles (19,496.11 km) NWJoão Paulo II Airport (PDL)Ponta Delgada, Azores, PortugalView João Paulo II Airport on a map Set PDL as destination Airport Set PDL as destination Airport Get more information about João Paulo II Airport
512,085.94 miles (19,450.39 km) NNWLajes Air Base (TER)Lajes, Azores, PortugalView Lajes Air Base on a map Set TER as destination Airport Set TER as destination Airport Get more information about Lajes Air Base
612,075.62 miles (19,433.77 km) NGraciosa Airport (GRW)Graciosa Island, Azores, PortugalView Graciosa Airport on a map Set GRW as destination Airport Set GRW as destination Airport Get more information about Graciosa Airport
712,036.89 miles (19,371.45 km) NNEFlores Airport (FLW)Flores Island, Azores, PortugalView Flores Airport on a map Set FLW as destination Airport Set FLW as destination Airport Get more information about Flores Airport
812,023.17 miles (19,349.36 km) NNECorvo Airport (CVU)Corvo Island, Azores, PortugalView Corvo Airport on a map Set CVU as destination Airport Set CVU as destination Airport Get more information about Corvo Airport
911,725.73 miles (18,870.69 km) WMadeira Airport (FNC)Funchal, Madeira, PortugalView Madeira Airport on a map Set FNC as destination Airport Set FNC as destination Airport Get more information about Madeira Airport
1011,705.34 miles (18,837.86 km) WPorto Santo Airport (PXO)Porto Santo, Madeira, PortugalView Porto Santo Airport on a map Set PXO as destination Airport Set PXO as destination Airport Get more information about Porto Santo Airport
1111,678.64 miles (18,794.90 km) WNWLa Palma Airport (SPC)La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainView La Palma Airport on a map Set SPC as destination Airport Set SPC as destination Airport Get more information about La Palma Airport
1211,628.76 miles (18,714.63 km) WNWLa Gomera Airport (GMZ)Alajeró / San Sebastián, Canary Islands, SpainView La Gomera Airport on a map Set GMZ as destination Airport Set GMZ as destination Airport Get more information about La Gomera Airport
1311,599.82 miles (18,668.05 km) WNWTenerife North Airport (TFN)Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainView Tenerife North Airport on a map Set TFN as destination Airport Set TFN as destination Airport Get more information about Tenerife North Airport
1411,596.30 miles (18,662.39 km) WNWTenerife-South Airport (TFS)Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainView Tenerife-South Airport on a map Set TFS as destination Airport Set TFS as destination Airport Get more information about Tenerife-South Airport
1511,530.42 miles (18,556.36 km) WNWGran Canaria Airport (LPA)Las Palmas, Canary Islands, SpainView Gran Canaria Airport on a map Set LPA as destination Airport Set LPA as destination Airport Get more information about Gran Canaria Airport