The latest news from Northern Territory Airports
September 2014

From the CEO

It’s been a busy few months for our airports as we move through a peak travelling season here in the Northern Territory. In Darwin, work on our Terminal Expansion has continued throughout and we’re very proud to have our new International Arrivals area now operating, along with our upgraded JR/Duty Free store.
 
In Alice Springs we are preparing for the Tourism Central Australia annual awards. The airport is a Platinum sponsor of this year’s event, which highlights the achievements of our hard-working and innovative tourism industry.
 
As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback on what's been happening. I hope you enjoy the latest issue of Touchdown,

Ian Kew, CEO Northern Territory Airports

JR/Duty Free opens

JR/Duty Free has opened its new arrivals store at Darwin International Airport (DIA). Arriving passengers now make their way along a new entry route and will enjoy an improved shopping experience in the upgraded JR/Duty Free store, which features a comprehensive selection of the best wine and champagne brands; luxury fragrances, skincare and cosmetics; watches, handbags, sunglasses; the latest technology such as Apple and GoPro; and fun confectionery including M&M’s.
 
The staged opening of the International end of the terminal will enable work to begin on further retail upgrades, including the JR/Duty Free departures store, which is now trading from a temporary location.

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Tourism's night of nights

Alice Springs Airport is a Platinum Sponsor of this year's Tourism Central Australia Awards Night, which will light up the Alice Springs Telegraph Station on Friday 3rd October. Tourism in the Red Centre is an important economic contributor and ASA is a strong supporter of the role it plays in developing the region. To encourage the growth of new ideas and initiatives, ASA will present the New Tourism Innovation Award to a recent tourism product that's providing benefits to our visitors.

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Emergency exercise

Plumes of smoke rose into the air at Alice Springs Airport (ASA) last month, creating the perfect backdrop for an emergency exercise. Designed to test the airport’s preparedness in the event of a real emergency situation, the exercise featured a simulated aircraft crash and a resulting fuel spill and fire.
 
ASA General Manager Dave Batic says realism is an important factor when running a field exercise.
 
“The aim of these exercises is to give our emergency procedures a work-out, testing roles and responsibilities, and making sure the airport and agencies are well-equipped to work together,” he said. 

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Super day for Foodbank

Thank you to everyone who joined us for DIA's Charity Golf Day last month; together we raised $38,000 for Foodbank NT! The food relief organisation works with charities to provide food for those in need, including some of the 15,479 homeless across the Territory. A permanent freezer will free Foodbank from expensive monthly rental fees and grow its capacity to store items such as meat, a dietary staple that is out of reach for many.

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September update

A lot of the work is moving into the terminal this month as the expanded areas to the east and west become operational, beginning with international arrivals to the west. The new spaces have enabled work to begin on the remaining retail outlets, including Australian Way and fresh food option Fraiche.

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Solar picks up award

The Environment Centre NT recently awarded NT Airports the Safe Climate Award for the Alice Springs Solar Energy Project. A part of ECNT's Ochre Green Territory Environment Conference for 2014, the awards aim to recognise efforts that benefit our Territory environment. Pictured: ECNT Director Stuart Blanch and NT Airports CEO Ian Kew.

GA Taxiway upgrade

Last month a mobile asphalt plant was set up on site at DIA to produce the 6,000 tonnes of asphalt needed to upgrade the 66,000 square metres of General Aviation taxiways. One of the newest plants in the world, the temporary operation produced more than 600 tonnes a night to complete the job in just nine days.
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