Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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Paul McFarlane: On the ‘miracle of flight’ in the Indian Ocean Territories

Sitting alongside perfectly formed coral reefs and home to a world-famous crab migration, the airports of the Indian Ocean Territories are certainly unique. It’s not just tourists who rely on the airport to reach the island paradise – it’s also a vital link for the communities that live there. Indian Oceans Territories Airports Manager Paul McFarlane has overall responsibility for the safe operation of the region’s two international airports. 

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Coffs Harbour ready for the next decade as regional tourism hub

Coffs Harbour may be missing an apostrophe but the local airport isn’t missing out on growth opportunities. The predominantly leisure-driven market has seen passenger numbers rise by almost a third over the last decade from 315,000 in 2008-09 to 418,000. Airport manager Dennis Martin says the airport has been fortunate to see long-term passenger growth as people have moved into the North Coast NSW town and tourism has blossomed.

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Innovation focus as Mackay prepares for new growth

The end of the resources boom meant tough times for Mackay Airport but general manager Rob Porter believes a focus on innovation and transformation means it is well placed to cater for passenger growth as the region recovers. The northern Queensland airport saw a 22 per cent rise in passenger numbers in March compared to the previous year, as it benefited from a recovery in the mining industry as well as ...

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Aviation connects Bardi people with oil and gas opportunity

It’s an essential operation supporting multi-billion-dollar Browse Basin resources projects, and runs like a well-oiled machine as it services up to 24 helicopters a day. It also gives members of the Djarindjin community the opportunity to work on their own land while gaining valuable aviation industry skills. A partnership between the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation and Broome International Airport (BIA) has provided a huge boost to the Bardi people living on the ...

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