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AAA welcomes Federal Government commitment to Melbourne Airport rail

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to invest $5 billion in the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the funding commitment recognised the importance of the project to Melbourne’s future prosperity and would improve the efficiency of the city’s overall transport network. “The Melbourne Airport Rail Link will provide more choice for the 34 million passengers using the airport every year, while also easing congestion for commuters using the road network surrounding the airport,” Ms Wilkie said. “This is an essential project to ease congestion as both the city...

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AAA welcomes WA Government funding for regional airports

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed the WA Government’s announcement that it will fund nearly $1.4 million in regional aerodrome upgrades. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the grants, to be delivered under the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS), would provide much needed support for regional airports in WA. “Regional airports are the lifeblood of their communities and must be appropriately funded to ensure they can meet the needs of local people and businesses,” Ms Wilkie said. “These grants will deliver vital improvements to 12 regional airports, helping keep their communities connected and thriving.” The WA Government announced 12 projects would receive grants as part of the scheme, with airports across the state to benefit from the funding. The grants would fund a range of works including runway improvements, lighting, airport CCTV, security fencing and terminal upgrades. Ms Wilkie said the funding announcement came as the AAA continued its push to Protect Regional Airports to ensure regional airports across the country could continue to meet their communities’ needs. “We know regional airports are doing it tough and more Federal Government funding is an essential part of supporting their sustainable future,” she said. “While we applaud the WA Government’s commitment, more still needs to be done at a national level to ensure our regional communities aren’t left behind.” The AAA also welcomed the WA Government’s support for the...

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AAA calls for commitment to the regions as government airstrip funding runs out

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed the allocation of Federal government funding to regional airports, but warned many communities would be left behind if the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme did not continue.  

AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the final allocation of funds under the program would support projects at 31 regional airports, but left many more still waiting for support to fund essential maintenance and upgrades.

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Media Release: AAA Welcomes Appointment of New Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has congratulated Hon Barnaby Joyce MP on his appointment as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said she looked forward to a continued focus on efficient infrastructure that meets the needs of the community and economy. “The infrastructure sector is part of the fabric of the Australian economy, and we welcome Mr Joyce to this important portfolio,” Ms Wilkie said. “We look forward to continuing to engage with the Federal Government on the key issues facing the sector.” Ms Wilkie said Australia’s airports played a critical role as part of the national infrastructure network. “Australia’s airports create jobs, contribute to tourism growth, connect communities and facilitate global trade,” Ms Wilkie said. “Airports have invested more than $7 billion in airport improvements over the last 10 years and the benefits of that work has been far-reaching. “We welcome the opportunity to share our members’ commitment to the passenger and their local communities with the Minister.” Ms Wilkie also congratulated Minister Dutton on his appointment to the Home Affairs portfolio. “Airport safety and security is a top priority for our members, and we look forward to working with Mr Dutton in his new capacity as Minister for Home Affairs.” Ms Wilkie thanked outgoing Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester for his contribution to the sector over the last two years....

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Media Release: East Gippsland Shire Council’s clean sweep in Airport Safety Week competition

East Gippsland Shire Council took delivery of a new FOD*BOSS airport runway sweeper today, after winning the Australian Airports Association (AAA) Airport Safety Week competition. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said aerodrome coordinator Jason Connelly’s entry was an obvious choice for the judges. The competition called for regional airports to explain why they should win the FOD*BOSS in 500 words or less, with Jason’s poem making a compelling and entertaining case on behalf East Gippsland Shire Council. “Jason’s submission summed up just how important airport safety is, and demonstrated a real commitment to maintaining the highest possible safety...

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