Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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Digital future brings new solutions, but ignore the hype

Start with the problem you want to solve and then work out whether technology will solve it for you. That’s the advice from digital futurist Hugh Bradlow who also worries too many people are getting taken in by hype. Dr Bradlow told the recent Australian Airports Association national conference in Brisbane that people who tried to apply a technology such as artificial intelligence where it wasn’t applicable would be disappointed. “And you’ll make ...

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Christmas giveaway at Melbourne Airport

Travellers flying though Melbourne Airport during December will have the chance to share in more than $100,000 worth of gifts through the airport’s Light Up Christmas campaign. The campaign is just one part of the airport's Christmas festivities, which also included a performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the airport's T2 Luxury Precinct. Musicians from The Salvation Army will perform in Terminals 2 to 4 every day throughout December. READ MORE

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Perth Airport introduces T1 precinct sleep pods

Perth Airport has become the first airport in Australia to trial sleeping pods in one of its terminals. Eight sleeping pods have been installed in the T1 precinct in partnership with Smarte Carte and Finnish company GoSleep, as one of the new initiatives identified by Perth Airport to deliver new customer experience products. Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown said the sleeping pods will be ideal for passengers who either arrive early or ...

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Landmark partnership for Bayside Council and Sydney Airport

Bayside Council and Sydney Airport have entered into a multi-million-dollar local partnership that will fund a number of community and environmentally based projects over the next 10 years. The $11 million Community and Environmental Projects Reserve Fund will focus on delivering initiatives and key projects for the benefit of both the people of Bayside and the broader community. The fund will focus on projects that deliver the greatest benefit to the community. READ MORE   Photo ...

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Border force resources must meet demand

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has expressed concern about reports today of reduced Australian Border Force staff numbers at airports over the busy holiday season. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the industry would seek reassurances from Government that appropriate resources would be in place during the holiday period, which is one of the busiest times of the year for Australian airports. The AAA raised its concerns in the wake of ...

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Understanding local demand key to regional growth

Regional airports looking to grow their passenger base need to be realistic about their expectations and find the low-hanging fruit when it comes to route development. That was some of the advice to regional airports to flow from a panel of experts at November's Australian Airports Association national conference in Brisbane. “Everybody thinks route development is about going after a new route, getting a new airline in,’’ Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting managing ...

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Brisbane Airport lost property auction underway

Brisbane Airport's Online Lost Property Auction is now underway, with members of the public able to bid for a range of items until 7pm on Wednesday 5 December. All proceeds from this year’s auction will be donated to The Courier Mail Children’s Fund, supporting its important work helping Queensland children in need. Unclaimed items going under the hammer this year include clothing, jewellery, laptops and baby car seats, with many items brand ...

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Runway run kicks off Christmas appeal

More than 250 members of the community sprinted down one of Sydney Airport’s iconic runways this weekend to help raise money for life-saving cancer research. The Family Fun Runway Run officially kicked off this year’s Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal. Over the next six weeks, the Appeal will raise both awareness and funds to support Cure Cancer and the nation’s brightest emerging researchers in their fight against cancer. Over the past ...

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Greg Hood: On emergency response and working with the ATSB

The aircraft is on fire, there are a number of vehicles around it and suddenly something resembling a missile streaks from the wreckage. The sobering video clip aired at this year’s Australian Airport Association national conference by Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Greg Hood showed the unexpected hazards first responders can face at serious crashes. The 15 May 2018 accident involved an aircraft that had been conducting night circuits at Orange ...

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