Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Communication the key for ‘extraordinary times’ in Townsville

You could still hear a tinge of disbelief in the voice of Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill as he spoke over the phone. “These are pretty extraordinary times to be honest, ‘’ he told The Airport Professional. “In aviation, we’ve all seen natural events and disasters and managed those but, yeah, we were one of the flooded, our family, and it’s different when you’ve gone through it and when you ...

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Runway extension sees Bendigo take flight

A runway extension project that has taken two decades has paid off handsomely for Bendigo and the city’s leaders are determined the dividends will keep coming. The picturesque and historic Australian gold mining town will get its first regular commercial air service in 30 years when QantasLink starts flying there from Sydney in 2019. The six days per week route will be the central Victorian city’s first direct link with Sydney and ...

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Understanding local demand key to regional growth

Regional airports looking to grow their passenger base need to be realistic about their expectations and find the low-hanging fruit when it comes to route development. That was some of the advice to regional airports to flow from a panel of experts at November's Australian Airports Association national conference in Brisbane. “Everybody thinks route development is about going after a new route, getting a new airline in,’’ Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting managing ...

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Challenges remain for regional airports

Earlier this year, the AAA welcomed the extension of the Remote Access Upgrade Programme for remote airports in the 2018-19 Federal budget. However, we noted at the time that there were many regional airports missing out on vital funding – and for those airports times are tough. Regional airports not classified as remote have no dedicated funding source for upgrades or essential maintenance, despite the fact that many of them are ...

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Newcastle international flights to provide boost for the Hunter

It’s been a long road for Newcastle Airport but chief executive Peter Cock sees the long-waited return of overseas flights as a big plus for both his operation and the Greater Hunter Region as a whole. A deal with Virgin Australia to offer peak summer services will see Newcastle-Auckland flights return after a 16-year hiatus and means the airport can again add “International” to its name. The airline will use a ...

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Salomon Kloppers: Creating a new future after the boom for Newman Airport

A visit to the East Pilbara town of Newman just a few years ago would have found an airport heaving with the ever-growing fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workforce that characterised the mining construction boom. But when the boom ended, the Shire of East Pilbara saw a sharp decline in passenger numbers, highlighting the cyclical nature of the mining town. East Pilbara Manager Development Airports Salomon Kloppers arrived in the job right at this ...

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The challenges of the outback: maintaining vital air links to the Territory

It’s hard for anyone who has never visited a remote outback community to understand the vital importance of the local airstrip. Air services are a crucial connection for these communities, not just to the rest of the world but to the essential services many Australians take for granted. Northern Territory transport officials Sue Hakala and Louise McCormick have good reason to understand all too well the problems facing remote airstrips: ...

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