Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

PODCAST: Sydney Airport General Manager Safety, Sustainability, Environment Jane Rotsey

As a consultant early in her career, Jane Rotsey had the chance to be airside the day Prime Minister Paul Keating officially opened Sydney Airport’s new parallel runway. It was a day that represented the beginnings of a long association with the airport over the course of her career. Today, Jane leads the key portfolio of safety, sustainability and environment at the nation’s busiest airport. She says those early days in the industry ...

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Community the focus for Airport Safety Week

Those that have long worked in the aviation industry understand just how unique an airport community can be. Airport precincts can function like a city or town on their own, with a wide range of businesses operating in many capacities. People come and go in large numbers, creating a complex environment for the safety personnel charged with ensuring the safe passage of travellers, staff and visitors. It’s this dynamic, ever-changing environment that is ...

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IN PROFILE: Christina Hayes

Christina Hayes, Civil Engineer - Transport, GHD What are your typical daily work activities at GHD? My typical tasks involve pavement condition inspections and assessments, airport site selection studies, master planning, and pavement design and maintenance for major airports in Australia.  How did you get your start in the airport industry? Although my engineering degree majored in both transport and structural engineering, I was keen to apply myself within the transportation sector due to ...

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IN PROFILE: ALICIA BURGMANN

Alicia Burgmann, Head of Sustainability, Sydney Airport  How did you get your start in the airport sector? I joined Sydney Airport as Head of Sustainability at the beginning of this year. I’m really excited to join the Sydney Airport team and the industry after a decade in the energy sector, working in sustainability, social responsibility and stakeholder engagement on energy projects across Papua New Guinea, Chile and Indonesia. I started my career in ...

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PODCAST: JANICE VAN DER ZWAAN – NORTH QUEENSLAND AIRPORTS HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISOR

North Queensland Airports (NQA) health and safety advisor Janice van der Zwaan started her working life a long way from the airfield. She spent over 10 years as a zookeeper in New Zealand and Australia and acknowledges it was “a bit of a journey” from there to a life in aviation. But on closer inspection, Janice’s “zoo life” was a formative part of her later career as a health and safety expert. “I ...

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In Profile: Sarah Duncan

Despite growing up around a father who was a full-time electrician and a keen pilot, Sarah never dreamt she’d be carving out a successful career as an aviation electrician. After working at Canberra Airport for more than nine years, Sarah is loving the role and the challenges it brings. There are still many more men than females in this field of work and Sarah hopes for more diversity in the ...

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Podcast: Lee de Winton – Sydney Metro Airports CEO

Sydney Metro Airports CEO Lee de Winton was "luckily" posted into an air traffic control role early in her career with the Royal Navy. This fortuitous posting sparked a lifelong career in aviation that has taken her around the world - from defence posts in Baghdad, Sudan and Afghanistan to her current role as the chief executive officer of Sydney Metro Airports. "It's one of those things when you get the bug, ...

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Breadth of regional aviation part of the appeal at Whyalla

It was vacancies for not one but two jobs that drew Whyalla Airport Manager Operations Howard Aspey into the world of aviation. Whyalla City Council had posted vacancies for a caretaker and administrator at the local airport but could not get anyone to fill either position. Aspey, who had worked in a number of roles at the Council, raised his hand to do both. That was almost two decades ago and the new ...

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In Profile: Jenny Kox

From a medical scientist working in the fields of microbiology and viral serology, to the Systems and Standards Manager at Perth Airport, Jenny’s career has had an unusual path. Along the way, Jenny has advanced quickly to senior positions in aviation compliance, management relief, commercial roles and overall airport management at airports across the country. We spoke to Jenny about how her career has developed and the advice she would offer ...

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