Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

“Way beyond a transport hub”: Darwin’s aviation history from the great race to today

When filmmaker Andrew Hyde set out to research the history of aviation in the Northern Territory, there was no shortage of colourful tales of derring-do. As the gateway to Northern Australia, Darwin’s aviation story was launched by an international event that for its day has been likened to the Apollo moon landing. That event was the arrival of the Smith brothers in a Vickers Vimy to claim the £10,000 prize from the ...

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QAL confirms sustainability-linked loan

Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has confirmed a sustainability-linked loan as part of its financing for the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment The loan for $100 million of the project funds is based on carbon accreditation through the Airports Council International and a reduction in carbon emissions. QAL CFO Amelia Evans said the business was committed to strengthening its performance in the area of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) – and obtaining sustainability-linked loans ...

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Local produce the hero in Canberra Airport refresh

Canberra Airport is undertaking a complete refresh and significant expansion of its retail, food and beverage offering in a move its head of property Richard Snow calls the last piece of the airport puzzle. Central to the revamp is a significant focus on local companies designed to showcase the quality food, beverages, gifts and produce available in the Canberra region. “We’re going from four stores to nine total on the domestic departures ...

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New retail for Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport will add more than 1000 square metres of new retail, food and beverage destinations, with a focus on local food and locally-made gifts. The airport confirmed Airport Retail Enterprises (ARE) will deliver the food and beverage component of the project, while Australian Way Pty Ltd will complete the news, books and gift component. Stage one will be completed by the end of the year, with stage two due for completion ...

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‘Hashtag Perth’ shakes dullsville tag

In the early 1970s, West Australian tourism authorities used what was then the latest technology to produce a campaign that rocked the state. It combined a multi-screen visual feast of the West’s spectacular scenery with some serious sonic firepower and the driving music of Pink Floyd’s “One of These Days”. The show toured regional areas and it left some of those who saw it sufficiently pumped that it was recently a topic ...

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Brisbane Airport consolidates U.S. gateway status

It will be the fourth longest passenger flight in the world and it will connect the third largest cities in two countries, opening up a new market for Australia and Queensland. The new, four-times weekly Brisbane to Chicago service is generating excitement at both ends of the route and helps consolidate Brisbane’s status as a gateway to North America. In addition to its 14,326km Chicago route, Qantas is also adding a three-times ...

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Excellence awards celebrate Melbourne Airport community

The Melbourne Airport Excellence Awards have recognised the top performers across the airport community this week. Cathay Pacific Airways employee Nadia Francken claimed the top prize, taking home the Chairman's Award for Excellence. Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi congratulated this year's winners and nominees. “We received more than 200 nominations across 17 Award categories showcasing countless examples of staff going above and beyond in their duties to improve the traveller journey, ranging from ...

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PODCAST: JANICE VAN DER ZWAAN – NORTH QUEENSLAND AIRPORTS HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISOR

North Queensland Airports (NQA) health and safety advisor Janice van der Zwaan started her working life a long way from the airfield. She spent over 10 years as a zookeeper in New Zealand and Australia and acknowledges it was “a bit of a journey” from there to a life in aviation. But on closer inspection, Janice’s “zoo life” was a formative part of her later career as a health and safety expert. “I ...

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Passenger stories bring NT experience to life

Visual artist Tamara Howie has been surprised by the breadth of stories people have shared during her creative residency at Darwin International Airport. Howie’s residency, part of the airport’s innovative Green Room program, combines her skills of writing, art and photography. She expected people to have a quick chat in passing as she collected stories for her project. Instead, she found people intrigued by the project that began in May. “Some people have ...

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Queensland Airports Limited welcomes new Chairman

Experienced business executive and non-executive Chairman and director John O’Neill AO has been appointed Chairman of the Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) board following a national search. Mr O’Neill joins the company at the beginning of the crucial delivery phase for its capital program, which is now underway. “A significant terminal expansion is now being delivered on the Gold Coast, and project plans are being reviewed for Townsville Airport,” O'Neill said. “These major projects ...

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