Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

In Profile: Jessica Westthorp

From carrying out vital airfield inspections, to managing capital projects, the life of an airport civil engineer is a busy one. We spoke to Adelaide Airport Civil Engineer Jessica Westthorp about her love of infrastructure and her future ambitions. Can you explain your career journey so far?  I’ve always had an interest in maths and science and my love of infrastructure led me to study Civil Engineering at the University of Adelaide ...

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Airshow provides backdrop for pitch for new services

If it was a hectic 2018 for Melbourne Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings, it was an even busier start to 2019 as he juggled Air Asia-X’s new double daily services with the airport’s world-renowned Australian International Airshow. The first AirAsia X Airbus A330 touched down at the airport on 5 December to cap off what Giddings describes as an “extraordinary” year. It saw the airport perform a quick turnaround after Kuala ...

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In Profile: Julie Stewart

As the Manager of Airport and Aviation Development for Tamworth Regional Airport, Julie Stewart has a wide range of responsibilities including operations, leasing, airport master planning, asset management and business development. Julie spoke to us about her industry experiences and the leadership lessons she has learnt along the way. How did you get your start in the airport sector? I had aspirations to work for the airlines for many years and ...

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Brisbane Airport takes out awards trifecta

Brisbane Airport has won three awards at the Routes Asia 2019 Marketing Awards, recognising its work together with tourism and government agencies to attract new air services to the city. The airport was named the overall winner of the awards and also won the 20+ million passenger category, edging out competition from Fukuoka International Airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Melbourne Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. Brisbane Marketing also ...

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New Women in Airports Network launched

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has launched a new Women in Airports Network (WIAN) to coincide with International Women’s Day today. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the network would create a community to support the advancement of women across all aspects of airport operations. “Airports operate in a truly global industry and a diverse workforce is absolutely crucial to support our growth and success,” Ms Wilkie said. “With global passenger traffic ...

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In Profile: Wendy Weir

Wendy Weir’s journey at Brisbane Airport Corporation started in 2005 – when the new runway was just in its planning stages. Now 14 years later, Wendy is the manager of Environment and Sustainability, and the completion of the runway is just around the corner. We spoke to Wendy about her career so far – from protecting rare species in the wild to dealing with environmental challenges in an airport context. How did ...

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NAIF loan for Townsville Airport

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed the announcement of a $50 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan for the Townsville Airport redevelopment. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the redevelopment would create new tourism and trade opportunities for the north Queensland region. “This project will not only meet the needs of today’s passengers, but will ensure Townsville Airport can support future growth to facilitate tourism and trade in the ...

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Lendlease to deliver Gold Coast terminal expansion

Gold Coast Airport has appointed international property and infrastructure group Lendlease to deliver its southern terminal expansion. The project will see the development of a three-level terminal, including aerobridges, to the south of the airport's current facility. It is the next phase of the $370 million Project LIFT airport redevelopment, which will generate up to 1500 jobs during construction. The first phase of the project was completed last year, delivering a 20,000 ...

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New regulations welcome step for industry

The much-anticipated confirmation of new Part 139 Aerodrome regulations was high on the agenda at the recent Australian Airports Association (AAA) inaugural safety forum in Melbourne. About 200 people signed up for the forum, organised jointly by CASA and the AAA, and CASA Senior Standards Officer Darren Angelo said Part 139 and the manual of standards was a key area of interest for the aerodromes sector. Whilst the Part 139 changes are ...

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International debut brings Hunter region together

Newcastle Airport’s return to international travel after a 16-year hiatus has been hailed a success and talks are already underway for a repeat performance next summer. It has also lifted ambitious longer-term plans to garner support for upgrades to the runway Newcastle Airport shares with the RAAF so it can take bigger, long-range planes. The first summer season of Virgin Australia flights between Newcastle and Auckland ended after 13 weeks on 17 ...

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