Business park innovation to meet community demand

Innovative ideas aimed at addressing community shortfalls are helping drive the development of business precincts at Australian airports. A number of airports are thinking outside the box to harness demand for facilities that are unavailable or in short supply in the regions they serve.

When Darwin International Airport looked at rebranding its business precinct, it did a gap analysis to see which areas of Top End culture were not being addressed.

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Melbourne looks toward swing gate solution

Melbourne Airport is looking to join the worldwide trend towards swing gates as international traffic numbers continue to grow and it seeks to offer airline customers cost-effective access to aerobridges.

Melbourne has been one of Australia’s stars when it comes to international passenger growth and its latest master plan forecasts it will see almost 20 million international passengers and over 81,000 international aircraft movements annually by 2038. International one-way peak passenger volumes are expected to surge from about 2900 per hour to 4900 per hour over the same period.

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Collaboration the key as Sydney Airport sets focus on the passenger

Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert has been consistently asked two questions since he started in the job in January. “The first one is, ‘are you enjoying it?’” Culbert told a CAPA Centre for Aviation summit last week. “And the answer is unequivocally yes.”

The second question is what has surprised him. Ultimately, he says, the biggest surprise has been the fragmentation of the industry.

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Infrared cameras improve sights on security

When Evan Collins wanted to find a new way to monitor Perth Airport’s airside perimeter fence, he looked to the skies for inspiration.

The airport’s new approach to its perimeter patrols was developed in an Australian airport first after seeing the effectiveness of videos used on police helicopters. Inspiration struck as Collins’ team sought to improve aviation protection officers’ ability to more accurately monitor the airport’s expansive fence line.

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‘Walk a day in my shoes’: Airport Safety Week preparations get underway

Gary McGivern says the myriad organisations working side by side at an airport is one of the great things about the industry – and also one of its challenges.

As chair of the AAA Airport Operations Safety Network Group, he has seen firsthand how safety outcomes can be enhanced through good collaboration and a shared understanding of airport safety. So when deciding on the theme for this October’s Airport Safety Week, he says the choice was obvious: Walk a day in my shoes.

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Newcastle international flights to provide boost for the Hunter

It’s been a long road for Newcastle Airport but chief executive Peter Cock sees the long-waited return of overseas flights as a big plus for both his operation and the Greater Hunter Region as a whole.

A deal with Virgin Australia to offer peak summer services will see Newcastle-Auckland flights return after a 16-year hiatus and means the airport can again add “International” to its name. The airline will use a Boeing 737 with eight business class seats, 30 Economy X seats and 138 standard economy seats to fly the route three times a week between 22 November and 17 February.

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Salomon Kloppers: Creating a new future after the boom at Newman Airport

A visit to the East Pilbara town of Newman just a few years ago would have found an airport heaving with the ever-growing fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workforce that characterised the mining construction boom. But when the boom ended, the Shire of East Pilbara saw a sharp decline in passenger numbers, highlighting the cyclical nature of the mining town.

East Pilbara Manager Development Airports Salomon Kloppers arrived in the job right at this time, facing a significant challenge: ensure the airport continued to support this remote community and its mining sector, while also managing the impact of reduced passenger numbers.

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Perth runway project key to WA jobs and tourism growth

New runways are invariably controversial and when Perth Airport entered the public review period for its Major Development Plan it knew it had to go above and beyond. Under the spotlight was a $520 million project that would provide almost 500 jobs during construction and was essential to the economy of Western Australia.

It would inject about $2 billion into the West Australian tourism sector in the first 20 years of operation and enhance the international connections of a city once described as the world’s most isolated.

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