Airport Industry Awards showcase innovation and excellence at Australian airports


Major infrastructure upgrades, innovative new technologies and landmark conservation projects were among the winners at the Australian Airport Association National Airport Industry Awards last night.

The awards recognised outstanding projects that have improved capacity and efficiency, enhanced the passenger experience and made a difference to airports’ local communities.

AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the high calibre of entries reflected the significant efforts of Australian airports to continue to enhance their offering to the travelling public.

“We have seen some exceptional entries in the awards, with many airports introducing significant initiatives or projects over the course of the last year,” Ms Wilkie said.

“It is great to see so many airports investing to create an easy, seamless and memorable experience for their passengers, while also improving efficiency for airlines.”

Sydney Airport took out the capital city airport of the year for the second consecutive year, while Newcastle Airport won the major airport category after completing its terminal redevelopment in 2017 and securing international services earlier this year.

Whitsunday Coast Airport was named large regional airport of the year after facilitating a 33 per cent rise in passenger numbers in the 2017 financial year.

Kangaroo Island Airport won small regional airport of the year after the completion of its upgrade project, while Bairnsdale Airport was named small regional aerodrome of the year after upgrades to the airport led to the attraction of fly in, fly out services for a nearby oil rig.

Several innovation and excellence awards were also presented during the night, showcasing a range of projects from across the industry.

They included a check-in reconfiguration that doubled capacity, a wombat conservation program, a partnership to deliver refueling services to the oil and gas industry and the facilitation of increased passenger traffic during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Note to Editors: A full list of winners is attached.



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