The latest news from Northern Territory Airports
November 2015

From the CEO

It's been a milestone year for Darwin's Terminal Expansion Project, with the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott cutting the ribbon for its official opening in May. We were thrilled when the project was recognised at the recent National Airport Industry Awards in Hobart amongst a field of high-calibre entries from across Australia.

Another significant project that will soon be complete is Stage 3 of Alice Springs Airport's solar energy station. Due to open next month, the additional 1000 photovoltaic panels means the bulk of the airport's power needs will be met by the sun.

Congratulations to two members of my team, Rhett Nothling and Ian Slade, winners of the annual Airport Safety Week Awards for the NT. Safety is central to our work in the aviation industry and it's great to see their initiatives acknowledged in this way.

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

Community Planting

Darwin International Airport (DIA) staff recently got together with volunteers from Rapid Creek Landcare Group (RCLG) and the local area for another sweaty tree planting session. During a humid build-up afternoon, more than 200 trees and shrubs were planted along a section of the Gurambai walking trail in the airport’s Rapid Creek reserve.
The Rapid Creek reserve is a 75 metre wide buffer zone that helps protect its riparian vegetation (the plants and trees along the banks that keep the waterway healthy). The Gurambai walking trail runs through this reserve, making a loop in woodland at the head of the creek. 

New routes for Airnorth

Airnorth has expanded its reach across the Territory with new services between Darwin and Alice Springs.
The regional airline connects passengers along the length of Territory with the new ‘centre run’, which incorporates Katherine and Tennant Creek. Flights operate three times a week and make it easier for people living in the Katherine and Barkly regions to travel around Australia and the world from Alice Springs and Darwin.
NT Airports Director Commercial and Aviation Development Steve Prasser flew on the inaugural flight in October, which was met with a water cannon salute at Alice Springs Airport. Read more....

Lifesaving equipment

Each year DIA partners with stakeholders at our annual Charity Golf Day to raise funds for an important Top End cause. This year, we raised $30,000 for CareFlight to purchase a new car crash simulator for its Darwin operations. The custom-built training equipment is used in CareFlight’s MediSim program, which provides free trauma care workshops to the Territory’s emergency services first responders. Together we have helped build CareFlight’s capacity to save lives and support emergency services workers in our remote regions. Watch the video...

Airport Safety Week

Staff and stakeholders at our airports recently joined more than 70 airport operators across Australia and New Zealand to participate in Airport Safety Week, coordinated by the Australian Airports Association (AAA). Safety issues were explored through five days of events, workshops and discussions, highlighting those specific to the aerodrome environment. 
As part of the week’s activities, AAA presented its national Safety Awards. NT Airports was lucky to take home two prizes for safety initiatives in Tennant Creek and Darwin.

Airport Industry Awards

DIA took home an Airport Innovation and Excellence Award at the recent National Airport Industry Awards. Presented by the AAA, which represents more than 260 airports and aerodromes across the country, the awards recognise excellence within Australia’s airport industry.
DIA won the Commercial category for its expanded terminal, which was opened by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier this year. The major project added 16,000 square metres of space and delivered a far greater choice for passengers, thanks to the collaborative approach taken by DIA and its airline and retail partners.


Alice Solar Project

Work on Stage 3 of Alice Springs Airport's solar energy station is continuing, with the $1.9 million expansion due to open next month. When it's complete, this latest phase will offset the equivalent of 430 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The combined total of the airport's solar power output, more than 800kw, will offset a massive 1270 tonnes of annual carbon dioxide emissions.

The team recently welcomed His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory and Mrs Hardy, for a tour of the solar energy infrastructure. 

Staff giving

NTA’s workplace giving program enables staff to contribute to an NT-based charity through regular payroll deductions. Each donation is matched by NTA, dollar for dollar. In 2014-15, NTA and staff gave more than $6,500 to Down Syndrome Association NT (DSANT). Based in Darwin, DSANT provides essential programs and assistance to children with Down Syndrome and their families.

Lighting upgrade

The technical teams at Darwin and Alice Springs Airports shared their expertise to complete the recent runway lighting upgrade at ASA, with Darwin's Mobile Airfield Lighting Measurement System (MALMS) travelling to Alice to commission the new system. The MALMS identifies any issues with the installation before it enters service, and its results were used to help the team achieve 100% compliance.

Community Partners

Darwin Airport invests in the cultural vitality of the Top End by partnering with local arts organisations, and is a proud supporter of iconic theatre venues, festivals large and small, and companies with community at their heart. Learn more about the non-profit groups with whom we regularly work, and their achievements in 2014-15. Watch the video
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