Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Creating a sense of place with airport art

Archie Moore’s striking United Neytions installation at Sydney Airport was a project from which everyone emerged a winner. The colourful array of 28 large flags has added vibrancy to the airport’s T1 International Marketplace, it gives a wide audience to the work of the indigenous contemporary artist and millions of passengers gain a taste of contemporary art in Australia and of Sydney culture. It also does what all art aspires to ...

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Business park innovation to meet community demand

Innovative ideas aimed at addressing community shortfalls are helping drive the development of business precincts at Australian airports. A number of airports are thinking outside the box to harness demand for facilities that are unavailable or in short supply in the regions they serve. When Darwin International Airport looked at rebranding its business precinct, it did a gap analysis to see which areas of Top End culture were not being addressed.

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Melbourne looks towards swing gate solution

Melbourne Airport is looking to join the worldwide trend towards swing gates as international traffic numbers continue to grow and it seeks to offer airline customers cost-effective access to aerobridges. Melbourne has been one of Australia’s stars when it comes to international passenger growth and its latest master plan forecasts it will see almost 20 million international passengers and over 81,000 international aircraft movements annually by 2038. International one-way peak passenger ...

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Collaboration the key as Sydney Airport sets focus on the passenger

Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert has been consistently asked two questions since he started in the job in January. “The first one is, ‘are you enjoying it?’” Culbert told a CAPA Centre for Aviation summit last week. “And the answer is unequivocally yes.” The second question is what has surprised him. Ultimately, he says, the biggest surprise has been the fragmentation of the industry.

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Infrared cameras improve sights on security

When Evan Collins wanted to find a new way to monitor Perth Airport’s airside perimeter fence, he looked to the skies for inspiration. The airport’s new approach to its perimeter patrols was developed in an Australian airport first after seeing the effectiveness of videos used on police helicopters. Inspiration struck as Collins’ team sought to improve aviation protection officers’ ability to more accurately monitor the airport’s expansive fence line.

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Perth runway project key to WA jobs and tourism growth

New runways are invariably controversial and when Perth Airport entered the public review period for its Major Development Plan it knew it had to go above and beyond. Under the spotlight was a $520 million project that would provide almost 500 jobs during construction and was essential to the economy of Western Australia. It would inject about $2 billion into the West Australian tourism sector in the first 20 years of ...

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‘Seamless, convenient and easy’: Adelaide Airport’s expansion to deliver for passengers

Adelaide’s growth as an international and domestic destination has prompted a $165 million terminal expansion that will significantly improve life for passengers. Since 1998, Adelaide Airport has seen international passengers quadruple from about 240,000 to 1 million a year and overall passenger numbers increase by 50 per cent. The pressure on existing facilities saw the airport embark on a three-year construction project that will significantly upgrade international arrivals and departures as ...

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Canberra food bowl to realise export potential

Fresh Australian produce exported from a farm one day and on the table in Singapore the next. That’s one of the new opportunities available to primary producers in the ACT, NSW South Coast, Riverina and the Murray-Darling Basin thanks to a deal between Canberra Airport and South Australian company Pak-Fresh Handling. The move means Pak-Fresh is now offering NSW and ACT growers the opportunity to get their product overseas via belly ...

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Hidden disabilities program tip of the iceberg for Brisbane

Brisbane Airport is already winning accolades for programs aimed at accommodating people with disabilities but it isn’t sitting on its laurels. Part of the Brisbane Airport’s wider customer service strategy, the program aims to help staff identify and assist people with a hidden disability. Hidden disabilities can affect anyone and include a wide range of conditions ranging from anxiety disorders to autism, dyslexia or dementia. It can also mean physical issues ...

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Regulatory stability drives private investment, ensures long term focus: Gittens

Airports Council International director-general Angela Gittens, a 25-year veteran of the airport industry who has headed the ACI since 2008, is no stranger to the stand-off over airport charges. She has been chief executive of major airports in Miami and Atlanta and was deputy chief executive at San Francisco International Airport. And she has first-hand experience with privatisation, having overseen the transition at London’s Luton Airport while working at vice-president ...

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