Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Keeping fly-in, fly-out workers moving during COVID pandemic

With the nation desperate to limit the economic damage from COVID-19, Perth Airport has been working hard to keep essential resource industries operating smoothly in its vast home state. Ranked as the world’s biggest producer of iron ore and lithium and the second biggest supplier of liquid natural gas (LNG), Western Australia’s importance to the national economy is underscored by record 2019 resources sector sales of $163.7 billion. The need to keep ...

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New online marketplace provides solution for retailers

A 96 percent slump in passenger traffic that crippled retail sales at Brisbane Airport saw an idea that had been percolating in the background shift into overdrive. The concept of an online marketplace had been on the drawing board but had not been given a high priority. Covid-19 changed that when Executive General Manager Consumer Martin Ryan was forced into self-isolation and bought something online. Ryan had been spending long days talking to ...

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Technology to play an essential role in facilitating the industry’s recovery

The same technology that had already begun playing an important role in alleviating passenger congestion at airports prior to the unprecedented COVID-19 traffic slump is poised to be equally valuable as the industry emerges from lock-down into a “new normal”. Mobile phones, facial recognition and artificial intelligence are all expected to be part of the solution as airports and airlines grapple with the task of convincing passengers it is safe to ...

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Regions must not slip further away due to COVID-19

The Australian Airports Association recently heard from one regional airport that is faring better than others in this time of COVID-19. They still have air services to their community, although there are fewer flights, fewer passengers and more freight these days. They are working hard to keep the airport open to keep essential services going and are holding on to every flight that they can in order to maintain their supply chain. ...

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Planning to bounce forward in recovery

“This is not a sprint, this is going to be a marathon.” So says risk management expert BA365 CEO James Yatras as he reflects on the challenges ahead for business and industry in the wake of COVID-19. Yatras presented a webinar for the Australian Airports Association in April, highlighting the need for a considered and long term approach for those looking to maintain this unique crisis situation. Having overseen a number of crisis ...

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Women in Airports Podcast: Nicole Ryan

Melbourne Airport terminals training and safety coordinator Nicole Ryan initially pursued a career in teaching before deciding there might be something else out there for her. And so began her career in aviation. Nicole was one of the Australian Airports Association's (AAA) Young Airport Professional scholarship recipients in 2019, giving her the chance to attend the AAA National Conference on the Gold Coast in November. We caught up with her earlier ...

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Resilience the focus as Melbourne Airport plans for the rebound

Melbourne Airport chief strategy and development officer Simon Gandy looks out at what just weeks ago was a thriving mecca of arriving and departing flights and sees a giant parking lot. The airport is now home to more than 50 parked aircraft and the circa 540 domestic aircraft movements for which it normally caters have been reduced to a similar number of flights. Passenger numbers are down from about 100,000 a day ...

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From red dust to green pastures – mentoring across the country

The red dust of the North-West iron ore town of Port Hedland is a long way from the pastures of Hamilton in Victoria but an airport mentoring program has bridged the continent-spanning distance. It’s a program that Southern Grampians Shire Council Asset Coordinator Mary Irwin and Port Hedland International Airport General Manager Rod Evans have found enjoyable and valuable. The Australian Airports Association hosted the program in 2019-20 to support professional growth ...

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Regions must keep flying in challenging times: Stewart

Co-funding arrangements, staff retention and maintaining regulatory compliance are among the issues facing regional airports as they grapple with the fallout of COVID-19, according to AAA NSW Director Julie Stewart While regional airlines have received $198 million in targeted Federal government aid, Stewart says the only Federal subsidy available to regional airports is the JobKeeper package and not every organisation will be eligible. She also warns that many existing grants available to ...

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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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