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Investment drives 53 per cent growth in economic contribution of Australia’s airports

A Deloitte report on the economic and social contribution of Australian airports has found Australian airports’ core and precinct activities added $34.6 billion to the national economy in 2016-17. The report found airports’ core activities added $4.9 billion to the economy during the year, a 53 per cent increase from 2011.

Australian Airports Association (AAA) Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the growing economic contribution of airports reflected their investment to support aviation and tourism growth.

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AAA welcomes new Deputy Prime Minister to key infrastructure and transport portfolio

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) today welcomed the news that Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Michael McCormack MP, would take up the key infrastructure and transport portfolio.

AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the infrastructure sector was driving our economy, and it was essential the portfolio was overseen by one of the most senior members of government.

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AAA welcomes OneSKY deal, calls for swift implementation

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) today welcomed the signing of an agreement to introduce air traffic management system OneSKY and called for the swift implementation of the new technology to support the national aviation network.

The agreement between Airservices Australia, in partnership with the Department of Defence, and Thales Australia brings an end to delays associated with getting the project underway.

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Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has joined the AAA to campaign to Protect Regional Airports

ALGA and the Australian Airports Association (AAA) will partner on the Protect Regional Airports campaign.

ALGA joins the AAA and the Australian Logistics Council, Regional Aviation Association of Australia and Royal Flying Doctor Service in calling for more Federal government funding over the next four years to ensure regional airports remain sustainable.

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ATSB Supports Airport Safety Week

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has joined the aviation industry in supporting Airport Safety Week, Chief Commissioner, Greg Hood, attended this year’s launch at Parliament House. The annual safety campaign is a great opportunity to show the travelling public that the global aviation industry always puts safety at the forefront.

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Airservices Ready for the Future

Airservices Australia published their 2016–17 Annual Report which shows the transformation to more customer-focused organisation with strong foundations to manage the safety of Australian skies.

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Townsville Airport Meets Global Standard in Emissions Reduction

Airport Carbon Accreditation program has recognised Townsville Airport for reducing its carbon footprint after achieving Level 2 accreditation. Townsville has developed a carbon management plan which contains procedures for monitoring and managing carbon emissions as well as a register of reduction initiatives which the carbon management committee monitor and implement.

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Adelaide Airport Wins National Risk Management Award

Adelaide Airport’s Enterprise Risk and Environment Manager, Patty Therrios, has been named national ‘Risk Professional of the Year’ by the GRC Institute at its recent 21st annual awards in Melbourne. Patty and her team have significantly built upon the way Adelaide Airport views risk and compliance with tangible change, innovation and best in class risk management.

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LATAM Touches Down In Melbourne

The Andrews Labor Government has partnered with South America’s largest airline, LATAM Airlines to start a new direct flight between Santiago and Melbourne. Victoria’s relationship with Chile is growing and will be an important trade partner into the future.

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Essendon Airport Begins Direct Flights to Orange

Regional airline operator Fly Corporate has commenced direct flights between Orange and Essendon Airport for their 34-seater Saab 340B. Fly Corporate choose Essendon Airport because of its close proximity to the Melbourne CBD, extremely economical car parking rates and no airport congestion.

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Brisbane Airport to be World Leader for Biojet Fuel

Brisbane Airport will take part in a biojet trial and become one of a handful of hubs around the world for sustainable aviation fuel supported by the Palaszczuk Government. Biojet is a proven fuel source, one that is already bringing Virgin Australia flights into Brisbane from Los Angeles.

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Time for Faster, Smarter, Better Trips Across ‘The Ditch’

Passengers flying between Australia and New Zealand will see reduced travel time with the introduction of simplified border processing reforms at airports according to a new report released by the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF). Immigration pre-clearance, improving security and leveraging the latest screening technology will all drastically reduce the time spent in queues, while at the border.

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NSW Secures Deal With Air New Zealand

The NSW Government has secured a new, two-year deal with Air New Zealand to continue to drive additional tourism growth to Sydney and rural and regional NSW with New Zealand being NSW’s third top inbound visitor market.

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New Sister-Airport Agreement with Chongqing

Brisbane Airport Corporation has signed a ‘Sister-Airport’ Memorandum of Understanding with the Chongqing Airport Group of China to share expertise on operational and commercial development and tourism market development. The Sister-Airport agreement presents opportunities for both cities to work closely together through the exchange of expertise and experience.

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6MW Solar System Set to Slash BNE’s Energy Needs

Brisbane Airport Corporations major renewable energy Solar PV project is capable of generating more than 9,315,000 kilowatt hours a year. The 6MW system is more than twice the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and is the largest single roof top solar panel installation at an Australian airport and the largest commercial roof top solar system in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Hobart Airport Announces New CEO

Hobart Airport appointments Sarah Renner to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Sarah was previously at ISS Facility Services Pty Ltd, Melbourne Airport and a former Director of the Australian Airports Association.

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Beijing Bonanza for Brisbane!

Air China has announced it will commence new directs flight between China’s capital city, Beijing, and Brisbane from December. This service is the second partnership to be acquired for Brisbane as a result of the Queensland State Government ‘Connecting with Asia’ initiative. These services are crucial for growing and supporting Queensland’s important tourism, trade, business and education industry sectors.

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Port Hedland International Airport Appoints New GM

Port Hedland International Airport (PHIA) has appointmented a new General Manager, Mr Rod Evans. Rod has previous worked at Broome International Airport, Woodside and Karratha Airport. PHIA will commencement major development projects at the airport in the near future.

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Key Portfolio Agency Appointments

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has announced a number of appointments to provide support and stability to the operations of two key portfolio agencies. Mr John Weber is appointed to Airservices Australia Board as the Deputy Chair. Mr Noel Hart has been re-appointed to the Commission of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) for a further two-year term.

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Disruptive Innovation Takes Off At NT Airports

Northern Territory Airports has deployed an innovative suite of mobile apps to manage its operations and boost intelligence. Darwin International Airport saw a need for improved efficiency and safety, and recognised the effectiveness of AeroAscent’s TrackerAIRSIDE solution to enable airport and airfield operations officers to capture, track and influence airside compliance, safety, incident management, operational maintenance and overall airside performance.

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Peak Body Gives High Flyers Praise

Councillor Chris Gryllis and Orange City Council’s commercial and emergency services manager Kel Gardiner were recorgised with the chairman’s award for driving future developments at Orange Regional Airport over the last 20 years.

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Minister in China to Strengthen Tourism Ties

China is NSW’s number one international market, it is important to maintaining a strong relationship and continuing to grow the number of Chinese visitors to NSW. At the Tourism Ministers’ Meeting Beijing, China Adam Marshall will be focused on driving visitation to rural and regional NSW and discuss the benefits of the Western Sydney Airport.

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Victoria Flying High With New Flights To Zhengzhou

Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Jetstar Group CEO announced that Victorians will soon have direct flights between Melbourne and Zhengzhou. Jetstar will run two weekly services from December adding close to 70,000 seats each way every year. Victoria will soon have direct flights to ten cities across China, with no other airline currently operating this route.

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Key Defence and Aerospace Players Meet In Western Sydney to Discuss Western Sydney Airport

Turnbull Government Ministers met with representatives from a number of the world’s leading companies to discuss defence and aerospace industry opportunities arising from the new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. The group talked about the unprecedented investment and jobs opportunities presented by the Australian Government’s decision to deliver Western Sydney Airport.

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Jetstar Direct Adelaide Service in Hot Demand

Will Hodgman, Premier, Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events announced Jetstar’s new direct flights between Adelaide and Hobart which has already sold 5,000 seats in the first 12 hours. Tasmania’s booming tourism market is seeing more visitors coming to Tasmania than ever before, staying longer and spending more.

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BNE Welcomes Singapore Airlines’ A350 Trifecta for Brisbane

Singapore Airlines have announced it will operate the brand new A350-900 aircraft for three of its four daily flights from Brisbane Airport with a new Premium Economy cabin. More passengers are wanting a premium experience which attracts premium visitors who significantly contribute to a vibrant growth in tourism.

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Aviation Safety Drone Discussion Paper Released

With the rapid growth in Drone ownership Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) has released a discussion paper focused on the regulation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operations and air safety. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester would like to see a balance between safety and security of the public and unnecessary.

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Adelaide Airport to Allow Ride-Sharing Pick-Ups

The State Government have regulated ride-sharing services in South Australian and as a result Adelaide Airport have constructed a new ride-sharing pick-up facility and new dedicated taxi drop-off facility adjacent the terminal as part of a range of ground transport improvements.

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