Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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‘Hashtag Perth’ shakes dullsville tag

In the early 1970s, West Australian tourism authorities used what was then the latest technology to produce a campaign that rocked the state. It combined a multi-screen visual feast of the West’s spectacular scenery with some serious sonic firepower and the driving music of Pink Floyd’s “One of These Days”. The show toured regional areas and it left some of those who saw it sufficiently pumped that it was recently a topic ...

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Brisbane Airport consolidates U.S. gateway status

It will be the fourth longest passenger flight in the world and it will connect the third largest cities in two countries, opening up a new market for Australia and Queensland. The new, four-times weekly Brisbane to Chicago service is generating excitement at both ends of the route and helps consolidate Brisbane’s status as a gateway to North America. In addition to its 14,326km Chicago route, Qantas is also adding a three-times ...

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Passenger stories bring NT experience to life

Visual artist Tamara Howie has been surprised by the breadth of stories people have shared during her creative residency at Darwin International Airport. Howie’s residency, part of the airport’s innovative Green Room program, combines her skills of writing, art and photography. She expected people to have a quick chat in passing as she collected stories for her project. Instead, she found people intrigued by the project that began in May. “Some people have ...

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“People just keep on coming to Tassie” – Hobart Airport passenger numbers set to double

Hobart Airport is expecting to almost double its annual passenger numbers over the next decade with strong international and domestic interest in one of Australia’s fastest growing tourist destinations. The airport has averaged in excess of five per cent growth from domestic flights alone over the last five years. Almost two-thirds of all visitors to Tasmania arrive through Hobart Airport, which is becoming increasingly popular in the eyes of travellers for its ...

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Securing regional airports’ future

A senate committee report on regional airfares released last week uncovered the complexity that comes with delivering air services on a small scale. The frustration of regional residents was evident throughout the inquiry, as poor economies of scale have resulted in little competition between airlines, and less choice of when to fly and at what cost. Those same economies of scale are at the heart of the challenges faced by regional airports, ...

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Sydney Airport launches Reconciliation Action Plan

When it comes to the tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal history, there are few areas more significant than Botany Bay. It was here that James Cook had his encounter with the Gweagal people in what would become the prelude to European settlement. It was also here in 1919 that aviation pioneer Nigel Love would establish an aircraft manufacturing facility that a year later would become the Mascot Aerodrome. Those two key ...

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Runway paves way for Sunshine Coast revolution

The release of Sunshine Coast Airport’s Master Plan 2040 reveals an exciting future for the region. Passenger numbers are expected to more than double in the next 20 years to three million, unlocking tourism and economic benefits to support the region’s long-term prosperity. Much of the opportunity ahead will be made possible by the airport’s new runway, which is now under construction. The project is a good example of targeted investment to deliver ...

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