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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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Passenger stories bring NT experience to life

Visual artist Tamara Howie has been surprised by the breadth of stories people have shared during her creative residency at Darwin International Airport. Howie’s residency, part of the airport’s innovative Green Room program, combines her skills of writing, art and photography. She expected people to have a quick chat in passing as she collected stories for her project. Instead, she found people intrigued by the project that began in May. “Some people have ...

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Queensland Airports Limited welcomes new Chairman

Experienced business executive and non-executive Chairman and director John O’Neill AO has been appointed Chairman of the Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) board following a national search. Mr O’Neill joins the company at the beginning of the crucial delivery phase for its capital program, which is now underway. “A significant terminal expansion is now being delivered on the Gold Coast, and project plans are being reviewed for Townsville Airport,” O'Neill said. “These major projects ...

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“People just keep on coming to Tassie” – Hobart Airport passenger numbers set to double

Hobart Airport is expecting to almost double its annual passenger numbers over the next decade with strong international and domestic interest in one of Australia’s fastest growing tourist destinations. The airport has averaged in excess of five per cent growth from domestic flights alone over the last five years. Almost two-thirds of all visitors to Tasmania arrive through Hobart Airport, which is becoming increasingly popular in the eyes of travellers for its ...

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Securing regional airports’ future

A senate committee report on regional airfares released last week uncovered the complexity that comes with delivering air services on a small scale. The frustration of regional residents was evident throughout the inquiry, as poor economies of scale have resulted in little competition between airlines, and less choice of when to fly and at what cost. Those same economies of scale are at the heart of the challenges faced by regional airports, ...

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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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Sydney Airport launches Reconciliation Action Plan

When it comes to the tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal history, there are few areas more significant than Botany Bay. It was here that James Cook had his encounter with the Gweagal people in what would become the prelude to European settlement. It was also here in 1919 that aviation pioneer Nigel Love would establish an aircraft manufacturing facility that a year later would become the Mascot Aerodrome. Those two key ...

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Runway paves way for Sunshine Coast revolution

The release of Sunshine Coast Airport’s Master Plan 2040 reveals an exciting future for the region. Passenger numbers are expected to more than double in the next 20 years to three million, unlocking tourism and economic benefits to support the region’s long-term prosperity. Much of the opportunity ahead will be made possible by the airport’s new runway, which is now under construction. The project is a good example of targeted investment to deliver ...

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Airservices plans for next generation of fire-fighting

Recently returned Airservices Australia executive Rob Porter is on a mission to modernise the nation’s aviation rescue and fire-fighting services and take them from “the Flintstones to the Jetsons”. The former general manager of Mackay Airport and deputy chair of the Australian Airports Association board returned to Airservices in January as executive general manager aviation rescue and fire fighting (ARFF), after 11 years away. One of his first acts was to issue ...

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Local demand drives Canberra growth plans

Three months into his new job as head of aviation at Canberra Airport, Michael Thomson is keen to make the most of the opportunities he sees at a facility he has long admired as a traveller. Thomson sees an airport with the capacity to cope with double its current passenger throughput and opportunities to spark growth in areas such as low-cost travel, international services and freight. “We have a fantastic facility,’’ he ...

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