Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Communication the key for ‘extraordinary times’ in Townsville

You could still hear a tinge of disbelief in the voice of Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill as he spoke over the phone. “These are pretty extraordinary times to be honest, ‘’ he told The Airport Professional. “In aviation, we’ve all seen natural events and disasters and managed those but, yeah, we were one of the flooded, our family, and it’s different when you’ve gone through it and when you ...

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Peter Holmes: On his 40-year career in aviation

Peter Holmes says he’s loved almost every minute of nearly four decades in aviation and sees changes in technology and the move to privatisation as the biggest developments in his long career. He’s particularly enjoyed the last five years at Launceston Airport which has marked a return to where he started his civil career, allowing him to renew acquaintances and forge new relationships in a friendly airport atmosphere. Holmes started his working ...

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Drones safety the focus of new project

Eye-in-the sky drones that venture near mainland capital city airports are themselves being scrutinised by a Civil Aviation Safety Authority project underway at the moment. The authority is keen to know how many drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), are operated near airports ahead of rule changes later this year that will require all drones above 250 grams be registered. The project was launched before the recent drone problems at London’s ...

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Cairns makes its mark with on-time performance

Being located in an area known for cyclones and tropical storms hasn’t stopped Cairns Airport from making its mark globally when it comes to on-time performance (OTP). The Queensland airport is again celebrating being named as one of the world’s 10 most punctual small airports in the annual Punctuality League published this month by schedule expert OAG. Its ninth place also made it the only Australian airport to make the wider top ...

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Scratching the surface on drone potential

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s hard-fought campaign to convince the growing number of drone users to stay away from airports and aircraft appears to be paying off. While the number of drones continues to increase, CASA chief executive Shane Carmody told the Australian Airports Association national conference in Brisbane that the volume of safety reports about conflicts between drones and aircraft appeared to have plateaued. Carmody said drones, regulatory reform and improved ...

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Lyell Strambi: long-term vision for airport investors

Melbourne Airport executive Lyell Strambi has warned against tipping airports into the regulatory upheaval being experienced by industry sectors such as energy. Strambi told the Australian Airports Association annual conference in Brisbane that long-term vision rather than short-term thinking was required to harvest the economic dividend from growth. Melbourne is in the throes of a major runway expansion with a price tag of more than $1 billion and is one of several ...

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Sarah Renner on the diversity of aviation

When Sarah Renner was 12 years old, she told her dad she wanted to travel.  She had made her mind up that she was going to be a flight attendant when she grew up. “He said why be a flight attendant, when I could fly the plane,” Renner says. The conversation had an impact. Three years later Renner could, in fact, fly a plane and has since enjoyed an extensive career in ...

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‘Airside flip’ proves winning formula for Launceston

Launceston Airport is preparing its latest tilt at the Australian Airports Association annual awards after performing what general manager Paul Hodgen labels “an airside flip”. The flip is the latest in a series of changes at the northern Tasmanian airport as it moves to make itself an attractive alternative to its neighbour in Hobart and the state’s tourism gateway. The booming tourism industry has seen traffic at Launceston grow to almost ...

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Aviation connects Bardi people with oil and gas opportunity

It’s an essential operation supporting multi-billion-dollar Browse Basin resources projects, and runs like a well-oiled machine as it services up to 24 helicopters a day. It also gives members of the Djarindjin community the opportunity to work on their own land while gaining valuable aviation industry skills. A partnership between the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation and Broome International Airport (BIA) has provided a huge boost to the Bardi people living on the ...

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