Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

AAA launches young airport professionals network

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has launched its new Young Airport Professionals network at its national conference today. The network will bring together staff from airports across the country, providing mentoring and support as young professionals develop their careers in aviation. Gold Coast Airport airside operations superviser Jared Feehely will be the inaugural chair of the network. Staff from remote, regional and major airports will be invited to join the network in the ...

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Julieanne Alroe recognised for outstanding contribution

Former Brisbane Airport Chief Executive Officer Julieanne Alroe has been recognised for her contribution to the airport industry at the AAA’s National Airport Industry Awards in Brisbane. Ms Alroe won the Outstanding Contribution award for her groundbreaking work launching one of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects and furthering Brisbane Airport’s connection with the community. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said Ms Alroe has made a significant difference to the industry, especially in ...

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Scratching the surface on drone potential

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s hard-fought campaign to convince the growing number of drone users to stay away from airports and aircraft appears to be paying off. While the number of drones continues to increase, CASA chief executive Shane Carmody told the Australian Airports Association national conference in Brisbane that the volume of safety reports about conflicts between drones and aircraft appeared to have plateaued. Carmody said drones, regulatory reform and improved ...

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Airports to ponder holograms, chatbots in digital future

Airports have been urged to be creative with technology but not get so carried way with digital transformations that they forget the human element of passenger interactions. SITA vice president Catherine Mayer unveiled a smorgasbord of hi-tech possibilities airports could use to boost customer engagement. These ranged from holograms to service robots and chatbots. She suggested holograms could be used to give people weather reports in aerobridges, help non-English speakers navigate food menus ...

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AAA renews funding call to Protect Regional Airports

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has renewed calls for the establishment of a $100 million Regional Airport Infrastructure Fund ahead of the regional stream of its national conference today. The fund would help address the $170 million aeronautical infrastructure deficit that already faces our regions. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said regional airports were struggling to make ends meet, and funding for essential maintenance and upgrades was essential to ensure the ...

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AAA National Conference kicks off

Australian Airports Association Chairman Guy Thompson kicked of the 2018 AAA National Conference in Brisbane today, reflecting on the industry’s achievements this year. Mr Thompson noted the year had seen many successes worth celebrating, from the progress of new runway projects in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to terminal redevelopments in Cairns and Adelaide. Ground transport initiatives in Melbourne and Sydney also marked important milestones, while Perth welcomed the arrival of new ...

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Day One of the AAA National Conference

The future of Australian airports was a key theme of the first day of the AAA National Conference in Brisbane today, with a range of keynotes focusing on the technology that will change our airport experience in years to come. Hobart Airport Chief Executive Officer Sarah Renner kicked off the day with the keynote at the women in airports breakfast, reflecting on the value of diverse career experiences in building her ...

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Lyell Strambi: long-term vision for airport investors

Melbourne Airport executive Lyell Strambi has warned against tipping airports into the regulatory upheaval being experienced by industry sectors such as energy. Strambi told the Australian Airports Association annual conference in Brisbane that long-term vision rather than short-term thinking was required to harvest the economic dividend from growth. Melbourne is in the throes of a major runway expansion with a price tag of more than $1 billion and is one of several ...

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Sarah Renner on the diversity of aviation

When Sarah Renner was 12 years old, she told her dad she wanted to travel.  She had made her mind up that she was going to be a flight attendant when she grew up. “He said why be a flight attendant, when I could fly the plane,” Renner says. The conversation had an impact. Three years later Renner could, in fact, fly a plane and has since enjoyed an extensive career in ...

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Melbourne Airport marks Remembrance Day with stunning installation

A wall of 19,000 poppies was installed in Melbourne Airport's Terminal 2 Departures entrance to help mark Remembrance Day on 11 November. The poppies represented the 19,000 Victorian soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1, providing an opportunity for travellers to mark the occasion while at the airport. The airport also held a small service starting with a bugle call at 10.55am. READ MORE

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