Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Parking planes in the time of COVID-19

It was a Friday evening when the first Qantas Boeing 737 flew into Victoria’s Avalon Airport to be parked as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Airport chief executive Justin Giddings and his staff went out to watch with mixed feelings. “We were sort of excited that these aircraft were coming in and then when it landed and taxied in, all of a sudden it turned to sadness,” he recalls. “You realised that ...

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WSA earthworks begin, bringing jobs closer to home for locals

More than 200 heavy machines engaged in the herculean task of moving millions of cubic metres of earth have heralded the start of major construction on a project that has been waiting to be born for more than 70 years. What was known for so long as simply the second Sydney airport, now has an official name — Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. Joining mentor Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in having ...

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Final checks underway as new runway nears completion

The major construction work is done, the date is set and the wait is on for the rubber to hit the runway. The first commercial flights are scheduled to land and take-off on Brisbane Airport’s new runway on Sunday 12 July as a long-term project that will deliver huge advantages to the region finally comes to fruition. Described by Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaf as an “infrastructure masterpiece”, the ...

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Major works underway at Western Sydney Airport

Major earthworks have begun at Western Sydney Airport, with about 25 million cubic metres of earth to be moved to make way for the construction of the airport's terminal, runway and ground access. More than 200 scrapers, excavators, graders, dump trucks and dozers will be used to complete the task, which will see enough earth moved to fill about 10,000 Olympic swimming pools. Major earthworks will be completed for 67 per cent ...

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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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James Goodwin appointed as AAA Chief Executive Officer

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has appointed James Goodwin as its new Chief Executive Officer. AAA National Chairman Tom Ganley said Mr Goodwin would bring deep experience in public policy, advocacy and stakeholder engagement to the role. Mr Goodwin has been Chief Executive of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) since 2015. “We are delighted to welcome James to the AAA following strong interest in the role,” Mr Ganley said. “He will bring ...

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Dubbo projects build capacity, connectivity for regional hub

Anything that delays work on airport infrastructure is normally a cause for gritted teeth and dark mumblings. But it’s a different question when that cause happens to be rain in previously parched areas of regional New South Wales. Dubbo City Regional Airport had begun work on the latest of an impressive list of recent improvements — its regular public transport (RPT) southern apron expansion — when the long hoped-for rain arrived and ...

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Adelaide Airport terminal expansion welcomes iconic brands

Iconic home-grown Australian brands and identities are part of the new retail and dining offering unveiled at Adelaide Airport’s expanded terminal this week. The first stage of the expanded terminal officially opened on Wednesday 26 February, with six new retailers opening their stores. Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the newly constructed retail concourse was part of the airport’s first major expansion since the current terminal was opened in 2005, and ...

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