Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

New services deliver freight benefits at Australian airports

Air cargo is seeing a global renaissance, with international air freight trends looking good at Australia’s major east coast airports as they welcome more overseas carriers with passenger services and accompanying cargo space. The latest figures from the International Air Transport Association show global freight demand grew by 6.8 per cent in February which, when adjusted for distortions caused by the Lunar New year, translated to a 7.7 per cent increase. ...

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Transport cathedrals’ critical to international growth

Tourism Australia boss John O’Sullivan believes the importance of airports to the tourism industry cannot be understated, labelling them the “transport cathedrals” of their home cities and towns. Airports are, he observes, the first and last touchpoints for international visitors and have a critical role in terms of the impression they make. “From a Tourism Australia point of view, airports are incredibly important not just because of the supply they bring ...

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Changing the future of airfield runways

Airfield pavements are not like ordinary roads, driveways or car parks. With some aircrafts weighing tens of thousands of kilograms, and airports facilitating millions of flights every year, airfield pavements are a crucial part of any airport’s infrastructure. Runways, taxiways, apron and parking areas demand high maintenance to ensure the safe operation of the airport, and resurfacing is a costly procedure. The Australian Airport Association (AAA) supported Airport Pavement Research Program ...

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First impressions count as Gold Coast gets set for games

The old adage ‘if it doesn’t rain it pours’ has taken on new meaning for management at Gold Coast Airport. Not only are athletes and spectators arriving for the Commonwealth Games ahead of their start on April 4, but this has coincided with an early Easter and the popular international music festival Bluesfest at Byron Bay. The airport had a dress rehearsal of sorts on January 7 when a record day ...

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Senate committee endorsement an important step for land use planning

As our cities become more populated, the safe and effective management of developments on and near airport land has become an increasingly important issue. While it’s an issue airports have managed effectively through extensive planning and legislative processes for many years, development just beyond the airport boundary operates in a different regulatory environment. The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has long advocated for closer alignment between the guidelines for development on and ...

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Aviation connects Bardi people with oil and gas opportunity

It’s an essential operation supporting multi-billion-dollar Browse Basin resources projects, and runs like a well-oiled machine as it services up to 24 helicopters a day. It also gives members of the Djarindjin community the opportunity to work on their own land while gaining valuable aviation industry skills. A partnership between the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation and Broome International Airport (BIA) has provided a huge boost to the Bardi people living on the ...

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Rockhampton plans for future as regional gateway

With a terminal that can accommodate up to 1.6 million passengers and a 2628-metre high-strength runway, Rockhampton Airport can – and does – handle pretty much anything that arrives there. Military exercises at the nearby Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area bring in the big freighters and widebody long-haul passenger aircraft, while single-aisle planes are operated by Qantas, Virgin Australia and JetGo to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Mackay and Townsville.

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Chinese New Year highlights tourism growth story

Australia’s airports have once again seen another busy Chinese New Year period, with a range of targeted activities to welcome this important market. The Chinese visitor economy is now worth more than $10 billion and has grown significantly in recent times. Major airports across Australia hosted in-terminal activations to support the influx of passengers during the popular Chinese New Year holiday period, ensuring the visitor experience got off to the ...

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Hobart Airport runway extends Tasmanian opportunity

As Hobart Airport celebrates the extension of its runway this week, the occasion marks more than the successful end of the project. While it may simply seem like an extra 500 metres of tarmac for many, that additional length will open up direct access from Hobart to the global market. The $40 million runway extension signals the airport’s new capability for direct flights to Asia, creating significant tourism and freight ...

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