Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

New ATSB guide reminds operators to respond, report, preserve

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says there are three key words that airport personnel need to remember if tragedy strikes their facility: respond, report, preserve. ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood says it is imperative that first responders and airport operators preserve a crash site before investigators arrive, and this means disturbing aircraft wreckage and ground scars as little as possible. It is also important that they report it as soon as possible ...

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Community the focus for Airport Safety Week

Those that have long worked in the aviation industry understand just how unique an airport community can be. Airport precincts can function like a city or town on their own, with a wide range of businesses operating in many capacities. People come and go in large numbers, creating a complex environment for the safety personnel charged with ensuring the safe passage of travellers, staff and visitors. It’s this dynamic, ever-changing environment that is ...

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Canberra Airport portable firefighting base ready for action

As tinder-dry swathes of rural Australia face a potential horror bushfire season, a project hosted by Canberra International Airport will help ensure aerial firefighters are ready for action. A portable air base covering the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding areas of NSW is primed to supply fire retardant and a back-up supply of water should the need arise. It means aircraft tackling fires in the region will not have to return to ...

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New name breathes new life into Shellharbour Airport

An attractive new name and a new revamp are breathing fresh life into one of the NSW south coast’s signature airports. Shellharbour Airport – previously known as Illawarra Regional Airport – has already made the commercial change to its new name. But on 7 November, it also becomes official with the UN-based International Civil Aviation Organization and Australian aviation authorities. The airport south of Sydney, which today is widely known as the ...

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Driver demand and the autonomous future of airport parking

Airports will need to start planning now for a future where autonomous vehicles will fundamentally change the landscape of airport car parking. That’s the message from an L.E.K. report on the future of car parking, which predicts connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will see a decline in car parking demand post 2040. In the meantime, the report finds airports are already responding to changing behaviour by airport visitors that now have more ...

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SYD Stories celebrates centenary year

There are two massive milestones for Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport this year. One comes in November when the airport celebrates the 100th anniversary of World War I veteran Nigel Love climbing into an Avro 504K with photographer Billy Marshall and taking off from a former cattle paddock in Mascot. The other will be the airport’s billionth passenger. Just how a bullock paddock became Australia’s busiest air hub is a fascinating story that had its ...

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World Routes to put South Australia on global stage

More than 3000 aviation delegates will flood into Adelaide in September to celebrate an event that is not just a first for Australia but an event that will directly contribute $20 million to the local economy. The World Routes conference also brings to South Australia a hotbed of networking that will sow the seeds for longer-term relationships that can add millions more. World Routes is a huge event on the global aviation ...

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Double the passengers, double the fun at Whitsunday Coast Airport

There’s something fishy going on at the Whitsunday Coast Airport and passengers are loving it. A giant 30,000-litre aquarium in the arrivals and departures lounge has become home to more than 100 reef fish. The 10-metre-long tank boast four tonnes of moulded coral with a unique heart-shaped rock forming the centre piece. The unique project, designed to showcase the region’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef attractions, aims to get visitors into holiday mode as ...

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“Way beyond a transport hub”: Darwin’s aviation history from the great race to today

When filmmaker Andrew Hyde set out to research the history of aviation in the Northern Territory, there was no shortage of colourful tales of derring-do. As the gateway to Northern Australia, Darwin’s aviation story was launched by an international event that for its day has been likened to the Apollo moon landing. That event was the arrival of the Smith brothers in a Vickers Vimy to claim the £10,000 prize from the ...

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Local produce the hero in Canberra Airport refresh

Canberra Airport is undertaking a complete refresh and significant expansion of its retail, food and beverage offering in a move its head of property Richard Snow calls the last piece of the airport puzzle. Central to the revamp is a significant focus on local companies designed to showcase the quality food, beverages, gifts and produce available in the Canberra region. “We’re going from four stores to nine total on the domestic departures ...

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