Innovation and excellence on show at AAA National Airport Industry Awards


A development project that changes how we respond to emergencies, a community engagement program reaching tens of thousands of people and a technical solution that allowed a taxiway replacement to be completed in just five weeks were among the winning projects at the Australian Airports Association (AAA) 2019 National Airport Industry Awards last night.

AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said this year once again showcased the industry’s commitment to delighting passengers, inspiring technical excellence and innovation, and supporting the growth of our cities and communities.

“Every year the standard rises even higher as airports find new ways to work smarter, faster and always with the passenger in focus,” Ms Wilkie said.

“We have seen airports once again improve how passengers access the airport, enjoy their time before their flight and move quickly through airport processes as a result of some innovative projects this year.

“There are also some fantastic examples of airports forging ever-stronger links with their local area as an important part of the fabric of their communities.

“It is great to see so many airports investing in a truly passenger-centric and sustainable future for our industry.”

Brisbane Airport took out the capital city airport of the year after ramping up its community engagement program ahead of the opening of its new runway next year.

Avalon Airport won the major airport category after welcoming its first international services, while Dubbo City Regional Airport took out the large regional airport category.

Bendigo Airport was named small regional airport of the year after its first commercial flights in more than 30 years commenced in 2019, while West Sale Airport’s upgrade earned it the title of small regional aerodrome of the year.

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

NT Airports Chief Executive Officer Ian Kew was also recognised for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

The National Airport Industry Awards were held at the AAA National Conference on the Gold Coast.


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

21 November 2019


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