Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Sydney Airport provides navigation service for visually impaired

Sydney Airport has launched a new partnership with Aira, a service that enables blind and low vision travellers to confidently navigate the airport through a smartphone connection. The service will provide visually impaired visitors and passengers with instant access to the information they need to explore Sydney Airport’s terminals. Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the launch was part of a broader commitment to continue to improve accessibility at the airport. “This new ...

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Emerald vision for regional service hub

Emerald Airport is getting primed for a return to growth after the mining boom, with Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) embarking on a new program to meet community needs. The airport, an important gateway for the local resources and agricultural industries, is getting a major facelift that includes a $13 million runway and apron overlay project as well as a major makeover of its general aviation facilities. It caters for a variety ...

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Podcast: Lee de Winton – Sydney Metro Airports CEO

Sydney Metro Airports CEO Lee de Winton was "luckily" posted into an air traffic control role early in her career with the Royal Navy. This fortuitous posting sparked a lifelong career in aviation that has taken her around the world - from defence posts in Baghdad, Sudan and Afghanistan to her current role as the chief executive officer of Sydney Metro Airports. "It's one of those things when you get the bug, ...

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Breadth of regional aviation part of the appeal at Whyalla

It was vacancies for not one but two jobs that drew Whyalla Airport Manager Operations Howard Aspey into the world of aviation. Whyalla City Council had posted vacancies for a caretaker and administrator at the local airport but could not get anyone to fill either position. Aspey, who had worked in a number of roles at the Council, raised his hand to do both. That was almost two decades ago and the new ...

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New crop reaps climate rewards

The impact of climate change and the potential for more days of extreme heat are concerns for airports around the world but Adelaide Airport is investigating ways to use water to lower ambient temperatures. A trial involving SA Water and Adelaide Airport to assess the use of stormwater to irrigate big buffers around the airport has produced promising early results, demonstrating the cooling effect of lucerne hay. The trial compared lucerne against ...

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In Profile: Jenny Kox

From a medical scientist working in the fields of microbiology and viral serology, to the Systems and Standards Manager at Perth Airport, Jenny’s career has had an unusual path. Along the way, Jenny has advanced quickly to senior positions in aviation compliance, management relief, commercial roles and overall airport management at airports across the country. We spoke to Jenny about how her career has developed and the advice she would offer ...

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Runway rename success is all in the details

Renaming Brisbane Airport’s soon-to-be parallel existing runway may look straight forward but as project manager Adam Tull discovered, coordinating more than 170 changes requires some detailed planning. Tull, who joined Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in 2017 to manage the renaming project, had not previously worked in aviation, although his father was a private pilot. He had been an army engineer who had worked in Afghanistan, Timor and Papua New Guinea before joining ...

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In Profile: Captain Brian Greeves

When an 18-year-old Brian Greeves joined the Royal Air Force in England there was not a single female on his officer cadet course. Thankfully things are very different now and throughout his career Brian has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most successful female pilots and leaders. As a strong advocate for diversity in the workplace and a champion of mentoring young aspiring leaders, Brian is pleased to ...

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Road to runway renewal loses its grooves

A new approach to airport pavements in Australia that could reduce maintenance costs and improve the durability of runways could be just around the corner. University of the Sunshine Coast research student Sean Jamieson will present a potential alternative option at the AAA Pavement Technology Workshop next month. The workshop will also give delegates the opportunity to hear about other industry research and technology standards, along with an international perspective from the ...

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Airport appeal boosts funding for cancer research

A promising research project that aims to fight melanoma by boosting immune cells has been given a major boost through the Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal. The 2018 Appeal raised $313,000 for Cure Cancer, a charity which supports early-career researchers working across all areas of cancer research and all cancer types. More than $1.7 million has been raised for charity over the seven years of the annual appeal, held over a ...

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