Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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Emergency precinct bridges tyranny of distance

Australia’s top end has long been subject to the tyranny of distance when it comes to medical care but a project by Darwin International Airport is helping overcome that. The airport’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Precinct has been steadily growing since the fist stage was established in 2011 And earlier this year it added the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) to existing tenants CareFlight and the Royal Flying Doctor Service ...

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Fulton Hogan makes safety personal

Detailed planning, a commitment to safety and collaboration with staff have helped Fulton Hogan clock up a million man hours without a lost time injury at Melbourne Airport. The impressive feat across several projects over some nine years is testament to a long commitment to safe working practices. The veteran engineering enterprise is a well-known name on Australian airports, growing from humble beginnings in 1933 to a company employing more than 7800 ...

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Intra-regional flights promote safe travels in the Pilbara

The northern end of Western Australia is known for being remote, with travel between major towns often meaning a lengthy drive through baron environments. It takes five and a half hours, for example, to drive from the regional hub of Karratha to the mining town of Newman. This can become costly and driving these long distances does raise concerns for safety. Those wanting to fly have until now faced the time-consuming and ...

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Sustainability leadership to help travellers “fly better”

Sydney Airport chief executive officer Geoff Culbert has called on airports and airlines to join forces to better inform the travelling public about the many initiatives being taken to cut carbon emissions. Culbert said the aviation industry had an opportunity to not only respond to changing customer demand but show genuine leadership when it came to sustainability. He said his sense was that people would want to continue to fly because of ...

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Virgin boss calls for support for competitive airline market

A competitive aviation industry is vital for all players and Virgin Australia Group chief executive Paul Scurrah says he is focused on securing a strong future for Australia’s second biggest airline. But he has called on people who say they support the need for a strong, profitable second carrier to use their influence to ensure Virgin gets the support it deserves. Speaking on the sidelines of the Australian Airports Association annual conference ...

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Airport apps a thing of the past

The airport app is dead, long live the chatbot or virtual assistant. Brisbane Airport head of technology Dirk Hus told the Australian Airports Association national conference on the Gold Coast that his airport had recently implemented a chatbot in Messenger and Twitter. Acknowledging that airports were lagging other industries when it came to chatbots, Hus said passengers could chat to the virtual assistant and it would provide information on flights, retail and ...

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