Airport Operations have overall responsibility for the safety and security of passengers and aircraft.  The Operations team develops manuals and procedures and works closely with the various aviation regulatory bodies. Operations provide guidance and advice on airport-related town planning matters. Planning and delivery of military exercises is also facilitated through the Operations area. Airport Operations also plan and supervise most of the asset management works conducted on the aircraft operations areas (runways, taxiways, aprons etc.)

The Airport Operations Coordinator is also the designated Security Contact Officer and is responsible for aviation safety and security of Rockhampton Airport.