(PHOTO: Steve Ahrens)
Toy Run today at Truro. The Barossa Bird Men and the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia hold this event annually to give toys to kids in need. Admission is by bringing a toy to put under the Christmas Tree.
Adelaide Airport has been ranked Australia’s fastest growing capital city airport for international passenger numbers in 2016/17.
Data released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) shows international passenger numbers at Adelaide Airport grew by 10.9 per cent up to the end of June 2017. The next best airport was Darwin with 9.9 per cent growth, followed by Melbourne at 7.2 per cent. The average across all Australian international airports was 6.7 per cent.
Managing Director, Mark Young, said Adelaide’s strong growth had been built around the introduction of new airlines and destinations, and other airlines adding services or ‘upgauging’ to bigger aircraft.
“Over the past year we’ve welcomed our very first direct mainland China service to Guangzhou with China Southern, and Fiji Airways travelling to Nadi. The success of China Southern has already seen it announce additional seasonal services on top of its initial schedule,” Mr Young said.
“We’ve also consolidated the Qatar Airways service to Doha, which started in May 2016, while other airlines have either added additional services or have put on bigger aircraft to cater for demand.
“Just last month we welcomed our first state-of-the-art Dreamliner service, being flown by Air New Zealand between Adelaide and Auckland.”
Mr Young said Adelaide Airport had teamed up with the State Government to ensure new visitors to the State felt welcome and had ready access to information.
“Our team worked for months to be ‘China Ready’ ahead of China Southern’s first flight from Guangzhou. Several of our airport volunteer ambassadors are Chinese speaking, and we have tapped into the WeChat social media platform to provide information to our visitors,” he said.
“Adelaide Airport has also become the first in the world to sign up for the ground-breaking UWAI Chinese visitor app, to help incoming passengers overcome the language barrier.”
Adelaide Airport is currently well advanced on the planning and design of a terminal expansion, due to commence in 2018. The expansion will in particular focus on the customer experience for international departures and arrivals.
“Our extraordinary international growth, particularly over the past 5 years, means we’re rapidly outgrowing our current international facilities. We’ll be expanding the international arrivals and departures area, as well as creating new retail spaces and more efficient access to and from aircraft,” Mr Young said.
A record 952,000 international passengers flew to and from Adelaide in 2016/17. Adelaide Airport currently flies an average of 46 international services each week to 9 international destinations with 9 different airlines.
Adelaide Airport’s Enterprise Risk and Environment Manager, Patty Therrios, has been named national ‘Risk Professional of the Year’ by the GRC Institute at its recent 21st annual awards in Melbourne.
The GRCI Annual Awards were created to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals and corporations to the development, understanding, or implementation of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) systems in Australia.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said Patty and her risk & compliance team have performed at the highest level for a sustained period and were exceptional recipients of the award.
“Risk management is understandably an essential component of the aviation sector. Patty and her team have significantly built upon the way Adelaide Airport views risk and compliance with tangible change, innovation and best in class risk management,” Mr Young said.
“While this area has always been a high priority for us, Patty and the entire airport team have recently taken Adelaide Airport’s risk management systems to a new level. More broadly, the highly engaged culture in relation to hazard and incident management has translated directly to a safer workplace. The strength of the culture is observable at all levels of the business starting with the governance framework set by shareholders and the Board.
“At a national level, Patty was involved in founding the Australian Airports Association Risk and Compliance Networking Group, which she currently chairs, so risk management initiatives and best practice from airports around Australia are now being shared.”
Managing Director of GRCI, Naomi Burley, said: “The GRCI Awards judging panel members were impressed by the rigour of the approach to the work undertaken, the rapidity of implementation and the flow on affects it potentially will have on the industry as a whole by setting best practice standards.
“To meet the criteria of our awards is difficult, to be the best in the strong field we were presented with this year, is outstanding.”
Monday 16 October, 2017
Airport Safety Week has kicked off at Adelaide Airport, with events including a fire training exercise, health & safety presentations and the annual ‘FOD’ (Foreign Object Debris) Walk for airport staff.
Airport Safety Week is a collaboration between the Australian Airports Association and the NZ Airports Association. It aims to encourage all staff and contractors working on an aerodrome to provide a safe environment for all airport users.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said safety topics featured during the campaign aim to enhance the overall safety culture at the airport by creating a forum for information sharing and innovative thinking in the area of airport safety hazards. Participants are encouraged to consider their own personal safety as well as their obligations to provide a safe environment for all airport users.
“We are demonstrating to the community and the travelling public our commitment and determination to maintaining a safe environment for everyone,” Mr Young said.
“While we have an enviable safety record, we have to remain vigilant to all aspects of safety in and around the aerodrome, and look out for each other while working in what it is a potentially hazardous environment.
“Adelaide Airport is South Australia’s largest single site employment precinct, so it is very important everyone understands their obligations to maintain a safe, secure airport.
“The public and the media also play a role in airport safety. It’s not uncommon for us to receive calls because someone has seen something they believe is out of the ordinary at the airport. We also often get calls from the public because they’ve spotted smoke from a training exercise adjacent the runway.”
SA Minister for Emergency Services, Chris Picton, said State-based emergency services across fire, police and ambulance also played a critical role in airport safety.
“The MFS, SA Police and SA Ambulance Service work collaboratively and effectively with the on-airport emergency teams, and that includes taking part in regular exercises to prepare for any potential incidents,” Mr Picton said.
One of the more popular events in Airport Safety Week is the ‘FOD’ (Foreign Object Debris) walk where airport staff walk along the airport’s runways and taxiways picking up rubbish or other stray objects that may have the potential to be ingested in an aircraft engine and cause damage.
The FOD walk reminds staff that they should be diligent and pick up foreign objects or litter at all times when carrying out their work.