Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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Runway rename success is all in the details

Renaming Brisbane Airport’s soon-to-be parallel existing runway may look straight forward but as project manager Adam Tull discovered, coordinating more than 170 changes requires some detailed planning. Tull, who joined Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in 2017 to manage the renaming project, had not previously worked in aviation, although his father was a private pilot. He had been an army engineer who had worked in Afghanistan, Timor and Papua New Guinea before joining ...

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In Profile: Captain Brian Greeves

When an 18-year-old Brian Greeves joined the Royal Air Force in England there was not a single female on his officer cadet course. Thankfully things are very different now and throughout his career Brian has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most successful female pilots and leaders. As a strong advocate for diversity in the workplace and a champion of mentoring young aspiring leaders, Brian is pleased to ...

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Road to runway renewal loses its grooves

A new approach to airport pavements in Australia that could reduce maintenance costs and improve the durability of runways could be just around the corner. University of the Sunshine Coast research student Sean Jamieson will present a potential alternative option at the AAA Pavement Technology Workshop next month. The workshop will also give delegates the opportunity to hear about other industry research and technology standards, along with an international perspective from the ...

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Airport appeal boosts funding for cancer research

A promising research project that aims to fight melanoma by boosting immune cells has been given a major boost through the Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal. The 2018 Appeal raised $313,000 for Cure Cancer, a charity which supports early-career researchers working across all areas of cancer research and all cancer types. More than $1.7 million has been raised for charity over the seven years of the annual appeal, held over a ...

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New runway sparks Sunshine Coast evolution

Andrew Brodie is enjoying his new coastal lifestyle after moving from Brisbane to become the recently installed Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Airport. It was a big decision for Brodie to move from his role as a senior executive of a major capital city airport to run a regional airport, and one that he considered carefully. The decision was fuelled not by the lifestyle, although he finds that a big plus, ...

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‘A refreshingly real-world perspective’: UK expert reflects on PC review

Periodic review of airports and the threat of increased regulation is enough to keep airports from abusing their market power but they should not be complacent, according to former UK aviation economic regulator Harry Bush. Despite the howls from airlines, the former group director of economic regulation at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) believes the Productivity Commission has come to the right conclusion about the nation’s major airports. Bush, currently a ...

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In Profile: Sharon Ross

Not only has Sharon Ross been the driving force behind the major redevelopment of Parkes Regional Airport but she has also shown outstanding commitment to the wider community. In 2015, Sharon’s achievements were recognised at the NSW Minister's Awards for Women in Local Government for her role as Manager Support Services at Parkes Shire Council. How did your career in airports begin? When I joined Parkes Regional Council in 1992 as a Secretary. ...

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Darwin calls for artist-in-residence applications

Darwin International Airport is calling for applications for new residency program In The Studio. Applications are open to Northern Territory based musicians, artists, writers, storytellers, designers, architects, actors, dancers or other aspiring creatives. Forming part of The Green Room's 2019 program, the successful artist will be provided with a studio space for three weeks during May, as well as a support package. The program offers a unique chance for a local artist ...

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Expansion project lifts Gold Coast growth plans

The Gold Coast has sun, fun and sand but there’s one thing Australia’s playground has been needing for some time: expanded airport terminal facilities. That’s now well on its way thanks to a deal signed with property and infrastructure giant Lendlease to proceed with the next phase of Gold Coast Airport’s $370 million airport redevelopment, Project LIFT. The airport achieved the project’s first milestone in time for the successful Commonwealth Games in ...

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