Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction kicks off

The Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction is underway with thousands of items going under the hammer for charity. The annual event auctions off unclaimed items left in the airport’s terminals, in partnership with Sydney Community Foundation. Funds raised go towards grants supporting organisations that make a difference in the local community. Not-for-profit community legal team Marrickville Legal Centre will receive a $100,000 grant from this year’s auction to fund a financial empowerment ...

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Adelaide Airport releases preliminary master plan

Adelaide airport has released its 2019 Preliminary Draft Master plan, predicting annual passenger numbers will grow to 19.8 million over the next 20 years. The forecast follows the airport's strong growth over the last five years, with passenger numbers rising from 1 million to 8.5 million since 2014. The plan provides an overview of the airport's plans for growth, jobs creation and economic development over the next 20 years. It is on ...

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Brisbane Airport passenger numbers rise again in 2018-19

Brisbane Airport 2018-19 passenger numbers rose to a record  of nearly 23.8 million travellers, a 1.5 per cent year-on-year increase. The result was supported by strong international passenger growth of 4.5 per cent, with an additional 266,000 travellers departing or arriving in 2018-19. Domestic passenger numbers also recorded 0.5 per cent growth on the previous year. READ MORE

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QAL confirms sustainability-linked loan

Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has confirmed a sustainability-linked loan as part of its financing for the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment The loan for $100 million of the project funds is based on carbon accreditation through the Airports Council International and a reduction in carbon emissions. QAL CFO Amelia Evans said the business was committed to strengthening its performance in the area of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) – and obtaining sustainability-linked loans ...

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New retail for Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport will add more than 1000 square metres of new retail, food and beverage destinations, with a focus on local food and locally-made gifts. The airport confirmed Airport Retail Enterprises (ARE) will deliver the food and beverage component of the project, while Australian Way Pty Ltd will complete the news, books and gift component. Stage one will be completed by the end of the year, with stage two due for completion ...

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Excellence awards celebrate Melbourne Airport community

The Melbourne Airport Excellence Awards have recognised the top performers across the airport community this week. Cathay Pacific Airways employee Nadia Francken claimed the top prize, taking home the Chairman's Award for Excellence. Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi congratulated this year's winners and nominees. “We received more than 200 nominations across 17 Award categories showcasing countless examples of staff going above and beyond in their duties to improve the traveller journey, ranging from ...

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Queensland Airports Limited welcomes new Chairman

Experienced business executive and non-executive Chairman and director John O’Neill AO has been appointed Chairman of the Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) board following a national search. Mr O’Neill joins the company at the beginning of the crucial delivery phase for its capital program, which is now underway. “A significant terminal expansion is now being delivered on the Gold Coast, and project plans are being reviewed for Townsville Airport,” O'Neill said. “These major projects ...

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Sydney Airport provides navigation service for visually impaired

Sydney Airport has launched a new partnership with Aira, a service that enables blind and low vision travellers to confidently navigate the airport through a smartphone connection. The service will provide visually impaired visitors and passengers with instant access to the information they need to explore Sydney Airport’s terminals. Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the launch was part of a broader commitment to continue to improve accessibility at the airport. “This new ...

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Airport appeal boosts funding for cancer research

A promising research project that aims to fight melanoma by boosting immune cells has been given a major boost through the Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal. The 2018 Appeal raised $313,000 for Cure Cancer, a charity which supports early-career researchers working across all areas of cancer research and all cancer types. More than $1.7 million has been raised for charity over the seven years of the annual appeal, held over a ...

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Darwin calls for artist-in-residence applications

Darwin International Airport is calling for applications for new residency program In The Studio. Applications are open to Northern Territory based musicians, artists, writers, storytellers, designers, architects, actors, dancers or other aspiring creatives. Forming part of The Green Room's 2019 program, the successful artist will be provided with a studio space for three weeks during May, as well as a support package. The program offers a unique chance for a local artist ...

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