Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Communication the key for ‘extraordinary times’ in Townsville

You could still hear a tinge of disbelief in the voice of Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill as he spoke over the phone. “These are pretty extraordinary times to be honest, ‘’ he told The Airport Professional. “In aviation, we’ve all seen natural events and disasters and managed those but, yeah, we were one of the flooded, our family, and it’s different when you’ve gone through it and when you ...

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Australian airports’ green credentials recognised

ACI Asia-Pacific has recognised two Australian airports for green airport infrastructure. Sydney and Adelaide airports were named as part of the 2019 ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition, which aims to promote environmental best practices to minimise aviation's impact on the environment and recognise outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects. Sydney Airport achieved gold status for airports with 10-45 million passengers per year, while Adelaide Airport earned platinum status for airports with less ...

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Infrastructure priorities highlight importance of aviation growth

Today’s release of the Infrastructure Priorities List confirms the importance of continued airport investment to meet growing demand. A number of projects that will increase the capacity of the national aviation network are included in the report, as are key projects that will improve access to and from Australia’s airports. As Infrastructure Australia Chair Julieanne Alroe confirms, smart infrastructure investment must be about more than “just keeping pace with demand”. To that end, ...

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Peter Holmes: On his 40-year career in aviation

Peter Holmes says he’s loved almost every minute of nearly four decades in aviation and sees changes in technology and the move to privatisation as the biggest developments in his long career. He’s particularly enjoyed the last five years at Launceston Airport which has marked a return to where he started his civil career, allowing him to renew acquaintances and forge new relationships in a friendly airport atmosphere. Holmes started his working ...

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Brisbane Airport passenger growth supporting Qld tourism

The Queensland Government has labelled passenger growth at Brisbane Airport as a “great win” for the state’s tourism industry. Brisbane Airport this week confirmed overall 4.8 per cent year on year growth in 2018, with 5.5 per cent growth in the number of international seats. Acting Tourism Industry Development Minister Di Farmer said the new data was welcome news. “Brisbane Airport deserve a pat on the back for the great work they’ve been ...

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Drones safety the focus of new project

Eye-in-the sky drones that venture near mainland capital city airports are themselves being scrutinised by a Civil Aviation Safety Authority project underway at the moment. The authority is keen to know how many drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), are operated near airports ahead of rule changes later this year that will require all drones above 250 grams be registered. The project was launched before the recent drone problems at London’s ...

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Cairns makes its mark with on-time performance

Being located in an area known for cyclones and tropical storms hasn’t stopped Cairns Airport from making its mark globally when it comes to on-time performance (OTP). The Queensland airport is again celebrating being named as one of the world’s 10 most punctual small airports in the annual Punctuality League published this month by schedule expert OAG. Its ninth place also made it the only Australian airport to make the wider top ...

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Adelaide Airport signs Australian-first sustainability loan

Adelaide Airport has signed a sustainability performance linked loan in an Australian-first. The loan seeks to incentivise a borrower to further improve its performance against a set of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria. Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the airport worked hard to embed the principles of sustainable business practice throughout its operations. “Creating an explicit link between our financing and long term sustainability credentials – including risk management, governance, ...

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Runway extension sees Bendigo take flight

A runway extension project that has taken two decades has paid off handsomely for Bendigo and the city’s leaders are determined the dividends will keep coming. The picturesque and historic Australian gold mining town will get its first regular commercial air service in 30 years when QantasLink starts flying there from Sydney in 2019. The six days per week route will be the central Victorian city’s first direct link with Sydney and ...

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Launceston Airport passenger numbers grow

Launceston Airport has reported five per cent passenger growth in the first quarter of the 2018-19 financial year compared to the prior year. Launceston Airport General Manager Paul Hodgen said the airport would continue to focus on building its tourism offering together with local partners. “Tourism is a growth industry right across Australia, and while we’ve seen terrific growth in passenger numbers so far this year, the reality is every state is ...

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