RAAF Learmonth or also called Learmonth Airport is situated near Exmouth on the North West Cape in Western Australia. It used to be a Royal Australian Air Force base back in the 1950's. The airport was named after Wing Commander Charles Cuthbertson Learmonth, who received the Distinguished Flying Cross award. He led a 22 Squadron RAAF against the Japanese during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Learmonth also trained WWII RAAF pilots and fought during the air war against New Guinea.
Qantas Flight 72 made an emergency landing at the Exmouth Learmonth Airport in 2008. AirAsia X's flight going to Perth also made an emergency landing at the RAAF Learmonth in 2012. The airport thus became an alternative airport for Perth Airport and used by airline companies in case of bad weather or fog.
For year 2014 to 2015, Learmonth Airport ranked 47 th in the country based on the number of revenue passengers. If you'll be arriving from the Exmouth Learmonth Airport (LEA), it is advisable to rent a car so you can get to your destination easier and faster. A rental car will be your best mate during your holiday in Exmouth.