Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Communication the key for ‘extraordinary times’ in Townsville

You could still hear a tinge of disbelief in the voice of Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill as he spoke over the phone. “These are pretty extraordinary times to be honest, ‘’ he told The Airport Professional. “In aviation, we’ve all seen natural events and disasters and managed those but, yeah, we were one of the flooded, our family, and it’s different when you’ve gone through it and when you ...

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Peter Holmes: On his 40-year career in aviation

Peter Holmes says he’s loved almost every minute of nearly four decades in aviation and sees changes in technology and the move to privatisation as the biggest developments in his long career. He’s particularly enjoyed the last five years at Launceston Airport which has marked a return to where he started his civil career, allowing him to renew acquaintances and forge new relationships in a friendly airport atmosphere. Holmes started his working ...

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Sarah Renner on the diversity of aviation

When Sarah Renner was 12 years old, she told her dad she wanted to travel.  She had made her mind up that she was going to be a flight attendant when she grew up. “He said why be a flight attendant, when I could fly the plane,” Renner says. The conversation had an impact. Three years later Renner could, in fact, fly a plane and has since enjoyed an extensive career in ...

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‘Walk a day in my shoes’: Airport Safety Week preparations get underway

Gary McGivern says the myriad organisations working side by side at an airport is one of the great things about the industry – and also one of its challenges. As chair of the AAA Airport Operations Safety Network Group, he has seen firsthand how safety outcomes can be enhanced through good collaboration and a shared understanding of airport safety. So when deciding on the theme for this October’s Airport Safety Week, ...

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Salomon Kloppers: Creating a new future after the boom for Newman Airport

A visit to the East Pilbara town of Newman just a few years ago would have found an airport heaving with the ever-growing fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workforce that characterised the mining construction boom. But when the boom ended, the Shire of East Pilbara saw a sharp decline in passenger numbers, highlighting the cyclical nature of the mining town. East Pilbara Manager Development Airports Salomon Kloppers arrived in the job right at this ...

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Flight training opportunity for Australian aviation

Paul Ferguson has a strong argument for why the Australian flight training industry should be taking up the opportunities stemming from burgeoning demand for pilots in South East Asia: the impressive development at the airport he runs. A partnership between leading flight training organisation CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and China Eastern Airlines has secured Moorabbin Airport a quality anchor customer that supports the airport’s long-term investments in aviation infrastructure.

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Paul McFarlane: On the ‘miracle of flight’ in the Indian Ocean Territories

Sitting alongside perfectly formed coral reefs and home to a world-famous crab migration, the airports of the Indian Ocean Territories are certainly unique. It’s not just tourists who rely on the airport to reach the island paradise – it’s also a vital link for the communities that live there. Indian Oceans Territories Airports Manager Paul McFarlane has overall responsibility for the safe operation of the region’s two international airports. 

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Kate McCreery-Carr: making excellence and efficiency part of day-to-day business

As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforests of North Queensland, Cairns Airport is a bustling regional link that welcomes over five million passengers every year. Taking charge of the busy day-to-day operations to ensure excellence and efficiency, is Chief Operations Officer Kate McCreery-Carr. Kate spoke to the Airport Professional about her career so far, the need to balance priorities and how to be successful in an ...

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