Regional airports doing it tough, survey reveals

The Federal government inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities has provided an opportunity to highlight the unique challenges faced by regional airports.

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) recently surveyed its members to better understand the challenges they face, with 51 regional airports from across Australia responding. The survey confirmed what anecdotal evidence has been telling us for some time: regional airports are doing it tough.

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Year of growth for Australian airports

Strong international traffic growth helped records tumble at Australian airports in 2017 with major airports posting strong rises in overseas traveller numbers.

Chinese carriers again featured prominently in traffic growth at major airports but there was also pleasing capacity increases from other regions. Airports also reported bumper pre-Christmas travel with a number setting new single-day passenger records, particularly on December 23.

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Sydney Airport rolls out the welcome mat for Chinese growth

The arrival of two new direct services to China in two days marked a busy week, even for an airport that has established itself as one of the world’s most popular destinations for Chinese airlines.

Sydney Airport now serves 17 mainland China destinations with direct flights and is joining other major Aussie airports in welcoming increasing numbers of Chinese tourists.

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Perth Airport Lights the Way for WA Tourism

Perth Airport expects a new Category IIIB instrument landing system to become operational in 2018 will make it easier to attract international flights and boost Western Australia’s tourism potential.

The upgrade to CATIII infrastructure, due to be approved by the end of June, has been five years in the making.

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Checking In? How KATE the Robot is Beating the Queues

If you find yourself in an airport being followed by a check-in kiosk at some stage you’ve likely encountered KATE, a robotic kiosk that can take itself to busy areas as needed to relieve pressure.

It’s one of the ideas technology companies are putting forward as the number of travellers doubles over the next two decades.

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Marathon route planning requires maximum effort

Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting managing director Oliver Lamb urges communities wanting to attract regional airlines to begin the process by building a database on their market.

Mr Lamb told attendees at this year’s Australian Airports Association national conference that intelligence such as surveys were invaluable to airlines looking to enter a market.

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Industry-wide approach required in changing cyber-security environment

The head of technology at the nation’s biggest airport has called for an industry-wide conversation on the threats posed by cyber-attacks.

Sydney Airport general manager technology Stuart Rattray made the call during a presentation at this year’s Australian Airports Association annual conference that outlined the increasing sophistication and rapidly changing nature of cyber security threats.

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