Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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Brisbane Airport takes out awards trifecta

Brisbane Airport has won three awards at the Routes Asia 2019 Marketing Awards, recognising its work together with tourism and government agencies to attract new air services to the city. The airport was named the overall winner of the awards and also won the 20+ million passenger category, edging out competition from Fukuoka International Airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Melbourne Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. Brisbane Marketing also ...

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New Women in Airports Network launched

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has launched a new Women in Airports Network (WIAN) to coincide with International Women’s Day today. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the network would create a community to support the advancement of women across all aspects of airport operations. “Airports operate in a truly global industry and a diverse workforce is absolutely crucial to support our growth and success,” Ms Wilkie said. “With global passenger traffic ...

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NAIF loan for Townsville Airport

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed the announcement of a $50 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan for the Townsville Airport redevelopment. AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the redevelopment would create new tourism and trade opportunities for the north Queensland region. “This project will not only meet the needs of today’s passengers, but will ensure Townsville Airport can support future growth to facilitate tourism and trade in the ...

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Lendlease to deliver Gold Coast terminal expansion

Gold Coast Airport has appointed international property and infrastructure group Lendlease to deliver its southern terminal expansion. The project will see the development of a three-level terminal, including aerobridges, to the south of the airport's current facility. It is the next phase of the $370 million Project LIFT airport redevelopment, which will generate up to 1500 jobs during construction. The first phase of the project was completed last year, delivering a 20,000 ...

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Australian airports’ green credentials recognised

ACI Asia-Pacific has recognised two Australian airports for green airport infrastructure. Sydney and Adelaide airports were named as part of the 2019 ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition, which aims to promote environmental best practices to minimise aviation's impact on the environment and recognise outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects. Sydney Airport achieved gold status for airports with 10-45 million passengers per year, while Adelaide Airport earned platinum status for airports with less ...

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Brisbane Airport passenger growth supporting Qld tourism

The Queensland Government has labelled passenger growth at Brisbane Airport as a “great win” for the state’s tourism industry. Brisbane Airport this week confirmed overall 4.8 per cent year on year growth in 2018, with 5.5 per cent growth in the number of international seats. Acting Tourism Industry Development Minister Di Farmer said the new data was welcome news. “Brisbane Airport deserve a pat on the back for the great work they’ve been ...

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