Please enjoy the December edition of Touchdown!
December 2016

Welcome to the final edition of Touchdown for 2016 – your chance to stay in touch with Northern Territory Airports’ news.  
It has been an incredibly exciting few months for NT Airports – from celebrating milestone events such as the 25th anniversary of the Darwin and Alice Springs airport terminals, to being acknowledged for environmental innovation at the national industry awards. This month also saw the opening of the Northern Territory's first and largest indoor trampoline arena, Flip Out, at Darwin Airport Central. Darwin International Airport worked with local historians to launch an aviation history book just in time for Christmas, and sponsored an event building awareness about Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia. Alice Springs Airport took part in an airport safety initiative, while Darwin hosted two work experience students...and that's not half of it!

This festive season, we wish you all the best for a safe and happy Christmas and thank you for your continued support throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

Please enjoy this edition of Touchdown. As always, we encourage you to please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback on what’s happening.

Darwin Airport acknowledged for its environmental stewardship

Darwin International Airport was recently awarded the Airport Innovation and Excellence Award for Environmental Management for its Solar Stage 1 Project at the prestigious Australian Airports Association (AAA) Industry Gala Dinner.

Darwin Airport’s solar project is the largest airside photovoltaic (PV) solar array in the world. The 4WM (megawatt) BTW (behind the metre) facility provides a significant proportion of the airport’s power and was developed by the airport, with the help of project partners – CAT projects, an NT based indigenous-owned company which conceived the development, and UGL which engineered, procured and constructed the solar farm.

“We are extremely proud of our solar project. It is great to see it recognised nationally. This success is testimony to Darwin Airport’s commitment to sustainability, and to our visionary Board, incredible staff and project partners.” said CEO Ian Kew. 

DIA 25th terminal anniversary and book launch

On Tuesday 29 November Darwin International Airport celebrated two milestones with the launch of a new history book and the 25th anniversary of the airport’s terminal opening. The World Flies In…and Darwin takes off! was written by two local historians, Peter and Sheila Forrest, and was published to commemorate the airport terminal’s 25th year.

To celebrate the two milestones, a unique story telling event was held in the airport’s Catalina Lounge in conjunction with Story Projects - presenter of  Spun -  with guest speakers Kath Meyering and Austin Asche who both play a significant role  in Darwin’s unique and vibrant aviation history.

The World Flies In…and Darwin takes off! is available from all good Territory bookstores and News Travels at the DIA terminal.

Shining the spotlight on Rheumatic Heart Disease

DIA was a proud sponsor of a Q&A event for Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), held on Thursday 20 October at NT Parliament House. The event focused on issues surrounding RHD including its causes and how to prevent the disease.

Sadly, Indigenous Territorians are 8 times more likely to be hospitalised and 20 times more likely to die from RHD than other Australians. Far too few people are aware of the entirely preventable disease, which also effects children.

The panel was made up of RHD sufferers Eddie Masina and Kenya McAdams, supported by their families, legendary ABC sports journalist Charlie King, (pictured) heart surgeon Adam El Gamel, leading indigenous health expert and advocate Vicki Wade, and more.

Work experience at Darwin Airport

Darwin International Airport participated in another work experience placement hosting two senior students from Tiwi College, Melville Island. Gerrica Brooks and Jasmine Brooks were here for a week and activities included a tower tour, airside tour and manning the screen point – which was a big hit with the girls! The students said they thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to our airport and staff and were extremely grateful for the experience.

Wear PPE to Work Day

Alice Springs Airport staff got in the spirit of Airport Safety Week donning the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear for a work day to help raise awareness about aviation safety.

Flip Out opens at Darwin Airport Central

After many months of anticipation and community excitement, the Northern Territory’s first and largest indoor trampoline arena Flip Out officially opened at Darwin Airport Central on Saturday 10 December. Conveniently located close to Darwin International Airport terminal, Flip Out Darwin offers healthy, active and awesome entertainment for Territorians and tourists searching for fun and fitness in air-conditioned comfort, and caters for birthday parties, school groups, fitness and agility classes, team building and so much more for all ages.

The trampoline arena joins Kingpin Entertainment Centre at Darwin Airport Central as the latest exciting instalment in a growing entertainment precinct for the Top End community. 

Alice Springs Airport 25th terminal anniversary

On Thursday 8 December Alice Springs Airport celebrated the 25th anniversary of its terminal opening with the unveiling of a brass plaque by Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon, who formally opened the new terminal two and a half decades ago.

Within its 25 years many significant changes have taken place both within the new terminal and to the broader national aviation scene. Undercover parking, the introduction of solar power and landside access are notable developments, in addition to a continuous growth of food and beverage options.

Alice Springs Airport General Manager Dave Batic said he was proud to “acknowledge all past and present management and staff for continuing to enhance and maintain this magnificent airport terminal facility”.

Little Flyers set to open in 2017

Little Flyers Darwin is on track to open the doors of its new modern, architecturally designed childcare facility in January 2017, catering for children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years. Custom designed with state of the art facilities such as touch-screen computers and interactive whiteboards, and offering nutritious meals and online educational assessments, Little Flyers Childcare Darwin will specialise in providing premium level care for the best start in childrens’ lives.
Located at Darwin Airport Central, the centre will be open from 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday through to Friday. Little Flyers Darwin is currently taking enrolment enquiries for the New Year. To enrol your child, please register your details on the website waiting list:

Photograph of the Year

Congratulations to NT Airports staff member Alicia Jones for winning first place in the Airport Photograph of the Year Competition with her photograph “An Ilyushin sunrise” as part of the Australian Airport Association’s 2016 National conference held in November.

Alicia’s stunning photo is of an Ilyushin Il-76 that stopped in Darwin on 6 June to drop off freight, was taken at  sunrise with a Nikon D80.

Congratulations Alicia!

Season's Greetings!

To all of our staff, stakeholders, customers and community members, NT Airports wishes you and your families all the best for this year's festive season.

Travel safely during the holidays and have a very Merry Christmas!

Ho, ho, ho!

Catalina Lounge

If you're travelling overseas from Darwin International Airport during the holiday season, why not spend those two hours before your flight in the new Catalina Lounge? Pay upon entry to enjoy unlimited food and beverages, comfortable seating, access to WiFi and a kids play area.

Car Parking

Long-term car parking is available at both Alice Springs and Darwin airports for holiday makers. Due to high demand, there will be an additional 300 parking bays made available in Darwin. The Long Stay Saver carpark, located on Pedersen Road, offers seven days for just $69!

Cyclone Season

During the wet season in the Top End, it's important to closely follow Bureau of Meteorology to keep a close eye on storm activity. Contact your airline if you have any concerns about delays to your flight and ensure you allow plenty of time to travel safely to and from the airport when it is raining

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