Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

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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China service plants the seed for international growth

Darwin International Airport officials are convinced the Northern Territory’s first scheduled service from mainland China will be the seed from which big things grow. It gives Donghai a beachhead in Australia in an area boasting internationally renowned tourism drawcards such as Kakadu National Park that should prove attractive to independent Chinese travellers. In return, the NT gets a direct pipeline into China’s burgeoning tourism industry, a new trade link with ...

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New services deliver freight benefits at Australian airports

Air cargo is seeing a global renaissance, with international air freight trends looking good at Australia’s major east coast airports as they welcome more overseas carriers with passenger services and accompanying cargo space. The latest figures from the International Air Transport Association show global freight demand grew by 6.8 per cent in February which, when adjusted for distortions caused by the Lunar New year, translated to a 7.7 per cent increase. ...

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Transport cathedrals’ critical to international growth

Tourism Australia boss John O’Sullivan believes the importance of airports to the tourism industry cannot be understated, labelling them the “transport cathedrals” of their home cities and towns. Airports are, he observes, the first and last touchpoints for international visitors and have a critical role in terms of the impression they make. “From a Tourism Australia point of view, airports are incredibly important not just because of the supply they bring ...

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First impressions count as Gold Coast gets set for games

The old adage ‘if it doesn’t rain it pours’ has taken on new meaning for management at Gold Coast Airport. Not only are athletes and spectators arriving for the Commonwealth Games ahead of their start on April 4, but this has coincided with an early Easter and the popular international music festival Bluesfest at Byron Bay. The airport had a dress rehearsal of sorts on January 7 when a record day ...

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Chinese New Year highlights tourism growth story

Australia’s airports have once again seen another busy Chinese New Year period, with a range of targeted activities to welcome this important market. The Chinese visitor economy is now worth more than $10 billion and has grown significantly in recent times. Major airports across Australia hosted in-terminal activations to support the influx of passengers during the popular Chinese New Year holiday period, ensuring the visitor experience got off to the ...

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Hobart Airport runway extends Tasmanian opportunity

As Hobart Airport celebrates the extension of its runway this week, the occasion marks more than the successful end of the project. While it may simply seem like an extra 500 metres of tarmac for many, that additional length will open up direct access from Hobart to the global market. The $40 million runway extension signals the airport’s new capability for direct flights to Asia, creating significant tourism and freight ...

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Sydney Airport rolls out the welcome mat for Chinese growth

The arrival of two new direct services to China in two days marked a busy week, even for an airport that has established itself as one of the world’s most popular destinations for Chinese airlines. Sydney Airport now serves 17 mainland China destinations with direct flights and is joining other major Aussie airports in welcoming increasing numbers of Chinese tourists.

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