Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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WSA earthworks begin, bringing jobs closer to home for locals

More than 200 heavy machines engaged in the herculean task of moving millions of cubic metres of earth have heralded the start of major construction on a project that has been waiting to be born for more than 70 years. What was known for so long as simply the second Sydney airport, now has an official name — Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. Joining mentor Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in having ...

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Final checks underway as new runway nears completion

The major construction work is done, the date is set and the wait is on for the rubber to hit the runway. The first commercial flights are scheduled to land and take-off on Brisbane Airport’s new runway on Sunday 12 July as a long-term project that will deliver huge advantages to the region finally comes to fruition. Described by Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaf as an “infrastructure masterpiece”, the ...

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Kew farewells NT Airports

Outgoing NT Airports chief executive Ian Kew began his aviation career in a year that more than most earned the lament: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. It was the dawn of airport privatisation in Australia, an era unfettered by established business practices and ripe for innovation. It was also the year Ansett collapsed and the televised horror of 9/11. It was 2001, not long after ...

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Dubbo projects build capacity, connectivity for regional hub

Anything that delays work on airport infrastructure is normally a cause for gritted teeth and dark mumblings. But it’s a different question when that cause happens to be rain in previously parched areas of regional New South Wales. Dubbo City Regional Airport had begun work on the latest of an impressive list of recent improvements — its regular public transport (RPT) southern apron expansion — when the long hoped-for rain arrived and ...

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Adelaide Airport terminal expansion welcomes iconic brands

Iconic home-grown Australian brands and identities are part of the new retail and dining offering unveiled at Adelaide Airport’s expanded terminal this week. The first stage of the expanded terminal officially opened on Wednesday 26 February, with six new retailers opening their stores. Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the newly constructed retail concourse was part of the airport’s first major expansion since the current terminal was opened in 2005, and ...

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World-first A-CDM agreement to drive efficiency

Airservices Australia and the nation’s major airports have struck a world-first agreement that will not only save money but make the time spent out on the runway prior to take-off shorter for passengers. The agreement to bring Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth airports is expected to deliver efficiencies worth $40 million to the aviation industry and cut departure waiting times by seven per cent in ...

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Hodgen on airports’ contribution, community

Ask Paul Hodgen about his airport career and he’ll be the first to admit that it almost never happened. “In 1978, I left uni in Northern Ireland, having completed a thesis on ground transportation at Dublin Airport and was actually offered a job in London as an airport planner with the British Airports Authority,” Hodgen says. “But I turned it down to work with British Airways.” “I then ended up working in airlines ...

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Airports’ place in their community is vital: Carter

North Queensland Airports chief executive officer Norris Carter sees a real opportunity for airports to build their place in the community. He believes the travelling public appreciates the work of airports to provide the best possible first and last impression of their cities and towns, but want to know more about how airports are working in partnership with their communities. It’s a focus he sees the Australian Airports Association (AAA) playing a ...

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Ganley puts the focus on connectivity, capability and collaboration

At an Australian Airports Association (AAA) division meeting in the Northern Territory town of Gove last year, the representatives of two regional airports raised some issues they were having with their airfield lighting. They were looking for advice on how to address the issue after being unable to solve the problem on their own. They started talking, and together were able to work out a solution for both of their airports. And ...

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