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‘Team Perth’ fund boosts western gateway vision

A new $30 million honeypot aimed at attracting overseas airlines to Western Australia is designed to support new direct flights and cement Perth’s position as Australia’s western gateway.

The joint venture between Perth Airport and the Western Australian Government through Tourism WA will provide targeted incentives to help airlines market new routes and drive demand.

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Milestone moment for Brisbane’s new runway project

It may look like an ordinary underpass, but it’s a complex engineering feat that required hundreds of workers and is a lynchpin to Brisbane Airport’s $1.3 billion runway development.

The $120 million Dryandra Underpass is up to five metres below sea level, and required the removal of 750,000 cubic metres of sand and the installation of 35km of conduit. About 20,000 cubic metres of concrete and 4000 tonnes of reinforced steel has been used to build the underpass floor and walls as well the taxiway and road bridge decks.

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Creating a sense of place with airport art

Archie Moore’s striking United Neytions installation at Sydney Airport was a project from which everyone emerged a winner. The colourful array of 28 large flags has added vibrancy to the airport’s T1 International Marketplace, it gives a wide audience to the work of the indigenous contemporary artist and millions of passengers gain a taste of contemporary art in Australia and of Sydney culture.

It also does what all art aspires to do: intrigue and engage with its themes of place, identity and boundaries.

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Challenges remain for regional airports

Earlier this year, the AAA welcomed the extension of the Remote Access Upgrade Programme for remote airports in the 2018-19 Federal budget.

However, we noted at the time that there were many regional airports missing out on vital funding – and for those airports times are tough. Regional airports not classified as remote have no dedicated funding source for upgrades or essential maintenance, despite the fact that many of them are struggling to make ends meet.

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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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