Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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Airports must plan for drones future: Airservices Australia

Drones are here to stay and airports need to start thinking now about the opportunities they provide as well as the infrastructure needed to take advantage of the sector’s phenomenal growth. That was the message from Airservices Australia executive general manager customer service enhancement Michelle Bennetts at this year’s AAA National Conference as she outlined the steps needed to address the issue. Bennetts painted a picture of autonomous aircraft entering multiple facets ...

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Brisbane Airport continues reconciliation journey

Brisbane Airport decided to introduce a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) after realising there was an obvious omission in its otherwise extensive stakeholder engagement program. Although it consulted widely with government, community and customers, there was no regular engagement program when it came to interacting with the area’s oldest and original inhabitants. Executive General Manager Communications and Public Affairs Rachel Crowley, who came from a tourism background, knew about Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) ...

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Culture and values keep Vancouver Airport at the top

Global tech giants, the latest social media platform and some of the world’s most recognised consumer brands are usually what we expect to see on best-loved companies lists. But not in British Columbia (BC). Vancouver International Airport is the third best-loved brand in the province and has been ranked by Skytrax as the best airport in North America for 10 years in a row. It has been named one of BC’s top ...

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New project delivering environmental benefits for Hobart

Operating in a state known for its natural beauty comes with environmental obligations and Hobart Airport is living up to that expectation, implementing a new system that has already seen a 20 per cent reduction in the amount of waste heading to landfill. With an ambitious goal of achieving a 25 per cent reduction in waste diverted to landfill by 2025, the airport identified a three-stream waste segregation system and a ...

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Essendon Fields’ new look gives nod to proud heritage

The clean lines of a refurbished terminal have given what was the original international arrival point for the then Melbourne Airport a new lease on life, while paying homage to its storied past. Essendon Fields was Melbourne’s main airport until 1970, when the mantle was assumed by Tullamarine. But it remains a crucial hub for private jets, regional passenger operations and the emergency services sector with 50,000 aircraft movements a year. The refurbishment ...

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