Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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Runway rename success is all in the details

Renaming Brisbane Airport’s soon-to-be parallel existing runway may look straight forward but as project manager Adam Tull discovered, coordinating more than 170 changes requires some detailed planning. Tull, who joined Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in 2017 to manage the renaming project, had not previously worked in aviation, although his father was a private pilot. He had been an army engineer who had worked in Afghanistan, Timor and Papua New Guinea before joining ...

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‘A refreshingly real-world perspective’: UK expert reflects on PC review

Periodic review of airports and the threat of increased regulation is enough to keep airports from abusing their market power but they should not be complacent, according to former UK aviation economic regulator Harry Bush. Despite the howls from airlines, the former group director of economic regulation at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) believes the Productivity Commission has come to the right conclusion about the nation’s major airports. Bush, currently a ...

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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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Infrastructure priorities highlight importance of aviation growth

Today’s release of the Infrastructure Priorities List confirms the importance of continued airport investment to meet growing demand. A number of projects that will increase the capacity of the national aviation network are included in the report, as are key projects that will improve access to and from Australia’s airports. As Infrastructure Australia Chair Julieanne Alroe confirms, smart infrastructure investment must be about more than “just keeping pace with demand”. To that end, ...

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Cairns makes its mark with on-time performance

Being located in an area known for cyclones and tropical storms hasn’t stopped Cairns Airport from making its mark globally when it comes to on-time performance (OTP). The Queensland airport is again celebrating being named as one of the world’s 10 most punctual small airports in the annual Punctuality League published this month by schedule expert OAG. Its ninth place also made it the only Australian airport to make the wider top ...

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Lyell Strambi: long-term vision for airport investors

Melbourne Airport executive Lyell Strambi has warned against tipping airports into the regulatory upheaval being experienced by industry sectors such as energy. Strambi told the Australian Airports Association annual conference in Brisbane that long-term vision rather than short-term thinking was required to harvest the economic dividend from growth. Melbourne is in the throes of a major runway expansion with a price tag of more than $1 billion and is one of several ...

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Sarah Renner on the diversity of aviation

When Sarah Renner was 12 years old, she told her dad she wanted to travel.  She had made her mind up that she was going to be a flight attendant when she grew up. “He said why be a flight attendant, when I could fly the plane,” Renner says. The conversation had an impact. Three years later Renner could, in fact, fly a plane and has since enjoyed an extensive career in ...

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