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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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Mayoral conference highlights vital role of airports across Australia

Australian Airports Association (AAA) Chairman Guy Thompson has discussed the key issues facing airports at the Australian Mayoral Aviation Council national conference, highlighting the vital role of local governments in supporting a strong national aviation network. Mr Thompson outlined the significant economic and tourism benefits airports delivered, but said effective planning, a considered approach to safety and security, and appropriate regional funding was essential to the future strength of the industry “Local governments know more than most how important airports can be, particularly those located in remote and regional Australia,” Mr Thompson said. “We must ensure we support successful regional airports as part of our national network, and local government has an important part to play in this.” Mr Thompson provided an update on safety and security, saying any future changes to aviation security required by government must consider the unique needs of regional airports. “We all agree that any required changes to our safety and security measures must be implemented effectively, but in the regions this will require funding support,” Mr Thompson said. “Local governments alone cannot be left to foot the bill for any changes required at regional and remote airports, most of which are owned by councils and often do not generate any profits. “We know regional airports are doing it tough and have also been campaigning hard to secure more funds for airport improvements and...

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ACCC report confirms airport investment is creating better facilities and services for passengers, but ACCC Chairman misleads on aviation charges

Whilst the Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed today’s release of the 2016-17 ACCC Airport Monitoring Report, which found airport investment has enabled significant international growth and created better facilities for passengers, it is disappointed the ACCC Chairman has made misleading comments regarding the pricing of aeronautical services at major airports. AAA Chief Economist Warren Mundy said it was a credit to the industry that it had delivered improved facilities and services at the same time airports and their airline partners facilitated more passengers than ever before. “It is fantastic to see airports have provided passengers with more travel options, improved terminals and the latest technology,” Dr Mundy said. “Our airports, in partnership with their airline partners and government agencies, have created a more seamless and easy experience for passengers even as more and more people move through airport terminals each day. “The ACCC has acknowledged that the significant capital expansion undertaken by airports – $11.5 billion over the last 10 years – has had a positive impact for airlines too, citing the improving on-time performance at the monitored airports since 2012-13.” The ACCC report highlighted the importance of investing for growth, referring to key projects such as the Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport, Perth Airport’s Terminal 1 Domestic Pier, Brisbane Airport’s new runway and Sydney Airport’s ground transport improvements as key examples of this investment. Dr Mundy said...

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AAA congratulates Brisbane Airport on terminal expansion

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has congratulated Brisbane Airport on its $135 million expansion of the northern International Terminal and apron, which was officially opened by Acting Prime Minister Hon Michael McCormack MP today. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the new facilities would meet growing international passenger demand and enhance the passenger experience. “This is a great example of airports investing to meet growing passenger demand as a critical driver of state and national economies,” Ms Wilkie said. “With Brisbane Airport recording seven per cent international passenger growth last year, today’s opening provides more room to grow...

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AAA supports adoption of SBAS technology following industry showcase

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has congratulated Geosciences Australia and Airservices Australia on the showcase of its Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) trial in Canberra today. The technology, currently being trialed by the Australian and New Zealand governments, was unveiled to industry stakeholders at the event. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said SBAS could deliver safer outcomes for regional airports without requiring additional infrastructure investment on the ground. She said the AAA welcomed the trial and supported its adoption by the Australian aviation network. “SBAS technology allows aircraft to make more accurate approaches when landing, offering significant safety...

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