Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

IN PROFILE: Claire Donnellan

Claire Donnellan, Manager, Service Strategy and Customer Experience - Sydney Airport How did you get your start in the airport industry? I began my career with Hazelton Airlines as part of its ground operations team where I learnt the ropes of airport and airlines operations. I enjoyed it so much. From there, my love for aviation took off and I’ve stayed in the industry ever since. I then moved to Virgin Australia ...

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Kew farewells NT Airports

Outgoing NT Airports chief executive Ian Kew began his aviation career in a year that more than most earned the lament: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. It was the dawn of airport privatisation in Australia, an era unfettered by established business practices and ripe for innovation. It was also the year Ansett collapsed and the televised horror of 9/11. It was 2001, not long after ...

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International Women’s Day: Katie Cooper

AAA Director Katie Cooper shared her insights for a women in aviation feature in International Airport Review. We've republished her contribution to coincide with International Women's Day. Years ago, I was asked how I managed to beat the boys club. The truth is I have never really tried. I’ve always taken the view that if you work hard and deliver results, you will be rewarded for that.  You need to create opportunities ...

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Hodgen on airports’ contribution, community

Ask Paul Hodgen about his airport career and he’ll be the first to admit that it almost never happened. “In 1978, I left uni in Northern Ireland, having completed a thesis on ground transportation at Dublin Airport and was actually offered a job in London as an airport planner with the British Airports Authority,” Hodgen says. “But I turned it down to work with British Airways.” “I then ended up working in airlines ...

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Airports’ place in their community is vital: Carter

North Queensland Airports chief executive officer Norris Carter sees a real opportunity for airports to build their place in the community. He believes the travelling public appreciates the work of airports to provide the best possible first and last impression of their cities and towns, but want to know more about how airports are working in partnership with their communities. It’s a focus he sees the Australian Airports Association (AAA) playing a ...

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Ganley puts the focus on connectivity, capability and collaboration

At an Australian Airports Association (AAA) division meeting in the Northern Territory town of Gove last year, the representatives of two regional airports raised some issues they were having with their airfield lighting. They were looking for advice on how to address the issue after being unable to solve the problem on their own. They started talking, and together were able to work out a solution for both of their airports. And ...

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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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