Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

Historical roots shape Narromine’s aviation future

As war hero Captain Gordon “Skipper” Wilson landed his two-seat Avro 504K at Narromine in 1919 he would have had no conception of what would unfold there over the next century. Wilson was one of the first military pilots to engage in civil aviation after World War 1 and brought a taste of the new industry to the NSW regional town on 22 September as part of a tour promoting the ...

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New name breathes new life into Shellharbour Airport

An attractive new name and a new revamp are breathing fresh life into one of the NSW south coast’s signature airports. Shellharbour Airport – previously known as Illawarra Regional Airport – has already made the commercial change to its new name. But on 7 November, it also becomes official with the UN-based International Civil Aviation Organization and Australian aviation authorities. The airport south of Sydney, which today is widely known as the ...

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World Routes to put South Australia on global stage

More than 3000 aviation delegates will flood into Adelaide in September to celebrate an event that is not just a first for Australia but an event that will directly contribute $20 million to the local economy. The World Routes conference also brings to South Australia a hotbed of networking that will sow the seeds for longer-term relationships that can add millions more. World Routes is a huge event on the global aviation ...

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Double the passengers, double the fun at Whitsunday Coast Airport

There’s something fishy going on at the Whitsunday Coast Airport and passengers are loving it. A giant 30,000-litre aquarium in the arrivals and departures lounge has become home to more than 100 reef fish. The 10-metre-long tank boast four tonnes of moulded coral with a unique heart-shaped rock forming the centre piece. The unique project, designed to showcase the region’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef attractions, aims to get visitors into holiday mode as ...

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‘Hashtag Perth’ shakes dullsville tag

In the early 1970s, West Australian tourism authorities used what was then the latest technology to produce a campaign that rocked the state. It combined a multi-screen visual feast of the West’s spectacular scenery with some serious sonic firepower and the driving music of Pink Floyd’s “One of These Days”. The show toured regional areas and it left some of those who saw it sufficiently pumped that it was recently a topic ...

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Brisbane Airport consolidates U.S. gateway status

It will be the fourth longest passenger flight in the world and it will connect the third largest cities in two countries, opening up a new market for Australia and Queensland. The new, four-times weekly Brisbane to Chicago service is generating excitement at both ends of the route and helps consolidate Brisbane’s status as a gateway to North America. In addition to its 14,326km Chicago route, Qantas is also adding a three-times ...

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“People just keep on coming to Tassie” – Hobart Airport passenger numbers set to double

Hobart Airport is expecting to almost double its annual passenger numbers over the next decade with strong international and domestic interest in one of Australia’s fastest growing tourist destinations. The airport has averaged in excess of five per cent growth from domestic flights alone over the last five years. Almost two-thirds of all visitors to Tasmania arrive through Hobart Airport, which is becoming increasingly popular in the eyes of travellers for its ...

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Runway paves way for Sunshine Coast revolution

The release of Sunshine Coast Airport’s Master Plan 2040 reveals an exciting future for the region. Passenger numbers are expected to more than double in the next 20 years to three million, unlocking tourism and economic benefits to support the region’s long-term prosperity. Much of the opportunity ahead will be made possible by the airport’s new runway, which is now under construction. The project is a good example of targeted investment to deliver ...

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New runway sparks Sunshine Coast opportunity

Andrew Brodie is enjoying his new coastal lifestyle after moving from Brisbane to become the recently installed Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Airport. It was a big decision for Brodie to move from his role as a senior executive of a major capital city airport to run a regional airport, and one that he considered carefully. The decision was fuelled not by the lifestyle, although he finds that a big plus, ...

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Airshow provides backdrop for pitch for new services

If it was a hectic 2018 for Melbourne Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings, it was an even busier start to 2019 as he juggled Air Asia-X’s new double daily services with the airport’s world-renowned Australian International Airshow. The first AirAsia X Airbus A330 touched down at the airport on 5 December to cap off what Giddings describes as an “extraordinary” year. It saw the airport perform a quick turnaround after Kuala ...

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