Enjoy the first edition of Touchdown for 2016
April 2016

From the CEO

After a brief hiatus, Touchdown returns with its first bumper edition for 2016! Touchdown is your chance to stay in touch with Northern Territory Airports’ news showcased within this regular e-newsletter.
Our property department introduces Darwin Airport Central - a business, leisure and lifestyle precinct located on airport land. This new destination is starting strong providing new entertainment options for Territorians. 
From Abu Dhabi to Cologne, Northern Territory Airports’ staff have been busy attending a range of world class industry events. Hear stories of their experience at the Airline Management Professional Accreditation Program in the Middle East. On the ground, our operations team further their studies in aviation with an impressive list of accolades.
Speaking of impressive, Darwin Airport’s state-of-the-art premium offices provide great opportunities for new business in the Territory, while the terminal welcomes four new SmartGates set to transform and streamline passengers’ experience when travelling overseas.
From function through to form, the latest art installation in the terminal will be in full flight from April 2016. This exquisite mobile depicting a flock of birds is certain to turn heads.
We hope you 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. 

Ian Kew, CEO Northern Territory Airports

Darwin Airport Central

Attracting attention as Darwin’s best new destination for fun, Darwin Airport Central’s most recent announcement introducing the Flip Out Trampoline Arena as the latest instalment for the precinct received overwhelming support from the Top End community. A first for the Territory, Flip Out Darwin joins the Kingpin Entertainment Centre, as a welcome addition to Darwin. We expected Darwin to Flip Out - but not quite as much as this! This report by Nine News Darwin received 2.3K Likes, 1.9K comments and was watched over 114K times.   
Darwin Airport Central continues to expand into new terrain. The next major development is big box retail and logistics centre South Osgood. Commencing at the beginning of April, the South Osgood Logistics development will be a high quality, architecturally-designed centre offering the convenience, comfort and amenity of a traditional large format retail centre along with a warehousing capability. There are up to six commercial, showroom and warehouse tenancies with four still up for grabs, so please let people know about the opportunity. After all, we are in this together.
With Darwin Airport Central soon to launch its new brand, this is an important time for the property team.


The warm weather was no challenge for one Northern Territory Airports’ staff member during his recent trip to United Arab Emirates (UAE). Garry Porter (Airport Operations Manager) attended the Airline Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP) session in Abu Dhabi. As NT Airports’ representatives, Garry joins colleague Jim Parashos as ongoing participants, while Alan Dugan and Tom Ganley have both graduated, two of only 300 graduates worldwide.
According to Garry, AMPAP was a world class experience with facilitators who are globally recognised within the industry for their expertise.
“The session went for five days and was held at the prestigious Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies. During that time, one of the best things was the opportunity to work with the other members across a range of different cultures. Between the group, the facilitators had a wealth of knowledge and experience.”

A visit to Cologne

This year’s Passenger Terminal EXPO 2016 attracted a record number of visitors, delegates, speakers and exhibitors attending the event on 15-17 March in Cologne, Germany. Among them was NT Airports’ Director of Operations and Customer Experience, Jim Parashos, who presented at the conference about NT Airports' focus on improved customer experience following the terminal expansion at Darwin Airport.

Onwards and Upwards

The airport operations team took their skills to new heights recently. CEO Ian Kew (left) joined Mike Clancy, Belinda McRae, Maria Norman, Bob Calaby, Mark Hickey and George Glinatsis (left to right) for a celebratory morning tea in early March. These members of the team were awarded not one but two certificates: Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service) and Certificate III in Aviation (Aerodrome Operations). We congratulate the staff on their achievements.

New artwork for terminal

DIA has engaged artist Catriona Stanton to create a new artwork entitled ‘Flock’ for the double height atrium space in the newly expanded western end of the terminal. The artist has drawn upon the movement of a flock of birds as the wellspring of inspiration for the artwork.
The design is based on the linear herringbone motif which has associations with essential elements of the Top End, like rain and rarrk (Indigenous cross-hatching). The arrangement of these rhythmical components is in the form of a kite, with the arc of a wingspan and gliding tail. The palette is in the bright tropical spectrum of the Gouldian Finch, one of Northern Australia’s most iconic bird species, once considered a common wild Finch, now endangered.
The artwork is expected to be installed during April/May 2016.

Premium Offices

A series of premium office spaces based at Darwin International Airport within the terminal building have just been released to the market for lease. This brand new facility boasts a limited few 30-80 sqm offices with generous fit-out contribution, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms, communication and technology services. All this and a premium view from the top floor vantage point overlooking aviation and garden vistas.  

Darwin International Airport’s commercial team is currently seeking potential tenants across a range of industries not limited to but including aviation, finance, lifestyle, tourism and medical. Successful clients will benefit from competitive rental rates, complimentary car parking and swift landside access meaning no fuss for clientele and staff access. There are even a number of hot desks available for hire by the hour, day or week – now that’s service!


DIA was proud to add four new outbound SmartGates to the international departure area this week. This is a welcome addition for passengers, with around 96% travelling through Darwin qualifying to use the SmartGate option. Outside of the big three airports – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – Darwin is the first to introduce this technology. Not only will SmartGates streamline the experience for passengers, DIA can now accommodate over 500 passengers per hour, that’s a 400% increase. Bring on your next trip to OS!

Flights to The Red Centre

Two additional QANTAS flights to and from Brisbane from Alice Springs are planned for the second half of this year. According to General Manager of Alice Springs Airport, Dave Batic, this is a welcome development. "We applaud QANTAS’s decision to increase services between Alice Springs and Brisbane. This announcement reinforces QANTAS's confidence in our region and will provide greater connectivity domestically and internationally”.

Footpath for visitors

Locals may notice an improvement underfoot as they take a relaxing stroll along Rapid Creek. Darwin Airport's remediation project of the footpath was completed in the second half of last year and cost over 80K. Local contractors, B&K Revegetation & Landscaping, undertook the project with outstanding results.

NT Airports continues to focus on the environment with the next instalment of its airport's Solar Project set to take place in Tennant Creek.
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