Sunshine Coast earns carbon neutral first

When Airports Council International director general Angela Gittins recently praised Australian airports for their strong environmental stewardship, she singled out the Sunshine Coast Airport for its achievement in becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral airport.

There are now 12 other Australian airports participating in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Program — more than a quarter of the 44 involved in the Asia-Pacific — but Sunshine Coast was the pioneer.

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The challenges of the outback: maintaining vital air links in the Territory

It’s hard for anyone who has never visited a remote outback community to understand the vital importance of the local airstrip. Air services are a crucial connection for these communities, not just to the rest of the world but to the essential services many Australians take for granted.

Northern Territory transport officials Sue Hakala and Louise McCormick have good reason to understand all too well the problems facing remote airstrips: their department supports 70 of them in what they say is becoming an increasing challenge.

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Australian airports rate highly as the global sector prepares for further growth

ACI (World) Director General Angela Gittens says Australian airports are rated highly by their passengers for their work with government and airlines on waiting times for passport control, security and check-in. These efforts are earning scores higher than the rest of the world.

Angela maps out the priorities for airports around the world, and how working closely with their communities continues to be essential to airports’ success.

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Regulatory stability drives private investment, ensures long-term focus: Gittens

Airports Council International director-general Angela Gittens, a 25-year veteran of the airport industry who has headed the ACI since 2008, is no stranger to the stand-off over airport charges. She has been chief executive of major airports in Miami and Atlanta and was deputy chief executive at San Francisco International Airport.

And she has first-hand experience with privatisation, having overseen the transition at London’s Luton Airport while working at vice-president at TBI Airport management. Arriving in Australia for the IATA AGM in Sydney this week, she has reflected on that experience when commenting on the current debate on airport charges in Australia.

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Smart security streamlines passenger journey

Changes are coming to security screening at Australia’s airports and Melbourne Airport is ensuring it will be ready when they do. A redevelopment of the airport’s international screening area to boost capacity from seven lanes to 10 will also allow it to drop in computed tomography (CT) cabin baggage screening and advanced body scanners when they become available.

The airport is already trialling the technology and was recently able to showcase it to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton as part of a post-budget doorstop.

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Flight training opportunity for Australian aviation

Paul Ferguson has a strong argument for why the Australian flight training industry should be taking up the opportunities stemming from burgeoning demand for pilots in South East Asia: the impressive development at the airport he runs.

A partnership between leading flight training organisation CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and China Eastern Airlines has secured Moorabbin Airport a quality anchor customer that supports the airport’s long-term investments in aviation infrastructure.

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Paul McFarlane: On the ‘miracle of flight’ in the Indian Ocean Territories

Sitting alongside perfectly formed coral reefs and home to a world-famous crab migration, the airports of the Indian Ocean Territories are certainly unique.

It’s not just tourists who rely on the airport to reach the island paradise – it’s also a vital link for the communities that live there. Indian Oceans Territories Airports Manager Paul McFarlane has overall responsibility for the safe operation of the region’s two international airports. 

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Coffs Harbour ready for the next decade as regional tourism hub

Coffs Harbour may be missing an apostrophe but the local airport isn’t missing out on growth opportunities. The predominantly leisure-driven market has seen passenger numbers rise by almost a third over the last decade from 315,000 in 2008-09 to 418,000.

Airport manager Dennis Martin says the airport has been fortunate to see long-term passenger growth as people have moved into the North Coast NSW town and tourism has blossomed.

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