Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Airservices plans for next generation of fire-fighting

Recently returned Airservices Australia executive Rob Porter is on a mission to modernise the nation’s aviation rescue and fire-fighting services and take them from “the Flintstones to the Jetsons”. The former general manager of Mackay Airport and deputy chair of the Australian Airports Association board returned to Airservices in January as executive general manager aviation rescue and fire fighting (ARFF), after 11 years away. One of his first acts was to issue ...

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Local demand drives Canberra growth plans

Three months into his new job as head of aviation at Canberra Airport, Michael Thomson is keen to make the most of the opportunities he sees at a facility he has long admired as a traveller. Thomson sees an airport with the capacity to cope with double its current passenger throughput and opportunities to spark growth in areas such as low-cost travel, international services and freight. “We have a fantastic facility,’’ he ...

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New crop reaps climate rewards

The impact of climate change and the potential for more days of extreme heat are concerns for airports around the world but Adelaide Airport is investigating ways to use water to lower ambient temperatures. A trial involving SA Water and Adelaide Airport to assess the use of stormwater to irrigate big buffers around the airport has produced promising early results, demonstrating the cooling effect of lucerne hay. The trial compared lucerne against ...

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Road to runway renewal loses its grooves

A new approach to airport pavements in Australia that could reduce maintenance costs and improve the durability of runways could be just around the corner. University of the Sunshine Coast research student Sean Jamieson will present a potential alternative option at the AAA Pavement Technology Workshop next month. The workshop will also give delegates the opportunity to hear about other industry research and technology standards, along with an international perspective from the ...

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New runway sparks Sunshine Coast opportunity

Andrew Brodie is enjoying his new coastal lifestyle after moving from Brisbane to become the recently installed Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Airport. It was a big decision for Brodie to move from his role as a senior executive of a major capital city airport to run a regional airport, and one that he considered carefully. The decision was fuelled not by the lifestyle, although he finds that a big plus, ...

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Expansion project lifts Gold Coast growth plans

The Gold Coast has sun, fun and sand but there’s one thing Australia’s playground has been needing for some time: expanded airport terminal facilities. That’s now well on its way thanks to a deal signed with property and infrastructure giant Lendlease to proceed with the next phase of Gold Coast Airport’s $370 million airport redevelopment, Project LIFT. The airport achieved the project’s first milestone in time for the successful Commonwealth Games in ...

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New regulations welcome step for industry

The much-anticipated confirmation of new Part 139 Aerodrome regulations was high on the agenda at the recent Australian Airports Association (AAA) inaugural safety forum in Melbourne. About 200 people signed up for the forum, organised jointly by CASA and the AAA, and CASA Senior Standards Officer Darren Angelo said Part 139 and the manual of standards was a key area of interest for the aerodromes sector. Whilst the Part 139 changes are ...

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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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