Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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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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