Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Parking planes in the time of COVID-19

It was a Friday evening when the first Qantas Boeing 737 flew into Victoria’s Avalon Airport to be parked as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Airport chief executive Justin Giddings and his staff went out to watch with mixed feelings. “We were sort of excited that these aircraft were coming in and then when it landed and taxied in, all of a sudden it turned to sadness,” he recalls. “You realised that ...

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Final checks underway as new runway nears completion

The major construction work is done, the date is set and the wait is on for the rubber to hit the runway. The first commercial flights are scheduled to land and take-off on Brisbane Airport’s new runway on Sunday 12 July as a long-term project that will deliver huge advantages to the region finally comes to fruition. Described by Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaf as an “infrastructure masterpiece”, the ...

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Kew farewells NT Airports

Outgoing NT Airports chief executive Ian Kew began his aviation career in a year that more than most earned the lament: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. It was the dawn of airport privatisation in Australia, an era unfettered by established business practices and ripe for innovation. It was also the year Ansett collapsed and the televised horror of 9/11. It was 2001, not long after ...

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Adelaide Airport terminal expansion welcomes iconic brands

Iconic home-grown Australian brands and identities are part of the new retail and dining offering unveiled at Adelaide Airport’s expanded terminal this week. The first stage of the expanded terminal officially opened on Wednesday 26 February, with six new retailers opening their stores. Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the newly constructed retail concourse was part of the airport’s first major expansion since the current terminal was opened in 2005, 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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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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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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