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Canberra airport of the year as national industry awards announced

written by WOFA | September 19, 2013

Canberra Airport was named capital city airport of the year for its major redevelopment. (Canberra Airport)

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has presented its annual National Airport Industry Awards recognising the contributions and achievements of AAA member organisations and individuals over the last 12 months.

There were 41 nominations across three award categories: the Individual Award for Airport Excellence, Corporate Project of the Year and Airport of the Year.

The CEO of the Australian Airports Association, Caroline Wilkie said: “More than almost any other country, Australia depends on its aviation sector and airport network to keep its people, services and markets connected, ranging from the smallest landing strips in remote Indigenous communities through to our international gateways.

“Our awards recognise the people, companies and organisations who keep this sector going. Importantly, they also highlight the ongoing investment that is being made by public and private operators of our airports to ensure that all Australians have access to world-class airport infrastructure that will support the future growth of our vital aviation sector,” Wilkie added.

Winners of this year’s categories were:


Capital City Airport of the Year


Canberra Airport – Multi-user Terminal

$480 million redevelopment of the terminal precinct through the ‘AirVolution’ project. Largest private sector investment in Canberra’s history which has delivered a world-class terminal for the national capital. The project comprised roads, car parking, apron and terminal elements.

Major Airport of the Year

Cairns International Airport – T1 International Improvements Project

Multi-faceted project to transform the end-to-end journey for departing international passengers.

Regional Airport – 50,000 to 499,999 passengers – joint winners

Mildura Airport – main terminal redevelopment

Comprehensive redevelopment of existing terminal area, and added new floor areas to enable future expansion.

Wagga Wagga Regional Airport – commercial and recreational precincts development

New commercial and recreational aircraft precincts provide infrastructure, services and development sites to cater for demand for commercial and recreational aviation development for many years to come.

Regional Airport – less than 50,000 passengers

Portland Airport, Victoria

An impressive $2.1 million program of infrastructure improvements included expansions to the terminal, general apron, new taxiway lighting and additional floodlighting to improve apron security and safety, and new airport management offices.

Non-certified aerodrome – joint winners

Exmouth Aerodrome, WA – Solar Runway Lighting Project

After catastrophic failure of a lighting system more than 20 years old, Exmouth Aerodrome installed solar LED lighting units for its runway and taxiway lighting.

Gannawarra Shire Council – Cohuna Aerodrome Upgrade Phase 1

The upgrade project delivered critical infrastructure improvements to accessibility and capacity.

Non-RPT Certified Airport

Parafield Airport – Community Engagement Project

As part of its master planning process, the community engagement project highlighted the importance of the airport to the local community. Parafield developed a new noise metric and the airport manager undertook flying training to get a better understanding of flying operations.


Corporate project for membership categories C24 & C25

The Airport Group – Brisbane Airport Prescribed Airspace

With the view of providing clearer and more usable information for its 2013 master plan document, The Airport Group provided a 3-dimensional description of the prescribed airspace as defined in Commonwealth legislation.

Corporate project for membership category C26

Fulton Hogan and GHD – Cocos Island Airport Resurfacing

Design and construction of resurfacing of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport. Works were scheduled to avoid disruption to regular flights, but also had to manage unscheduled flights occurring on a daily basis while minimizing impact on project cost and timeline.


Non-RPT Certified Airport

Neil Cooper, La Trobe Regional Airport (Traralgon, Victoria)

Regional Airport

Peter Aird, District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula (South Australia)

Capital City Airport

Guy Thompson, Perth Airport Highly commended:

Paul Connell, Brisbane Airport
Jill Holdsworth, Northern Territory Airports Ian Lockhart, Brisbane Airport

Team Award

Landside Infrastructure Team, Adelaide Airport

Special Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Airport Industry

Stephen Byron, CEO, Canberra Airport.

The awards were presented at this year’s AAA conference being held in Darwin.

There are more than 2,000 airports and airfields across Australia. Almost 130 of these are certified for regular passenger transport or charter aircraft that carry more than 30 passengers.


Canberra airport of the year as national industry awards announced Comment

  • Nujje G


    While the Canberra Airport and Steven Byron are awared honours – and the airport is a huge imporvement on what it was there is a dark side.

    Canberra now has no affordable operating places for light aircraft and most operators have relocated to Goulburn, Tumut, Cootamundra, Temora or other country towns in the region. Those owner/operators of light aitcraft that are left are paying more and more for less and less.

    Canbera now has no Pilot Training clubs or facilites available because they have all shut down.

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