The latest news from Northern Territory Airports
July 2015

From the CEO

In its location at the heart of Australia's Red Centre, Alice Springs Airport plays an important role in connecting people across the region. It handles more than 500,000 arrivals and departures a year and supports tourism, business and essential services for our community. Part of our commitment to ensuring these economic and social benefits continue into the future is our Master Plan, which will guide the airport’s development until 2035. The draft has been available for public comment for the last couple of weeks, and your feedback is still welcome until the end of the month. For more information, head to our website.

Also coming up at the end of July is the opening of Kingpin's first Darwin venue. With bowling, laser skirmish and arcade games, the family entertainment centre will have something for everyone. Kingpin joins Caltex Eaton in the airport's integrated business park and will make an exciting addition to Darwin's entertainment options.

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

You'll be bowled over

Kingpin is coming to Darwin, with the entertainment specialist opening the doors to its local venue—Australia’s largest— later this month.
Kingpin Darwin will combine bowling lanes, laser skirmish and a ropes course with a bar, music and function areas to create a unique night out. Birthday parties will see kids battle it out in the laser skirmish course and Karaoke will be on hand to spice up staff Christmas parties.

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New terminal artworks

Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Darwin recently to officially open the airport’s expanded terminal. During his tour of the upgrades the Prime Minister met Merrepen artists Aaron McTaggart, Kieren Karritpul McTaggart and Gracie Kumbi; whose artworks have been incorporated into wall and glazing features. 

Aaron’s work Crocodile takes up a wall adjacent to one of the new departure gates, while Gracie’s work Merrepen has been applied to internal glazing throughout the departure lounge. Kieren’s piece Fish Net can be seen on the glazing at the eastern and international screening points. Read more....

ASP Master Plan

Alice Springs Airport is a major economic contributor to the Central Australian region. Its Master Plan, the framework that will guide the airport’s development until 2035, is open for public comment until the end of the month.
Master Plans are prepared by all of Australia’s major airports to provide stakeholders with a guide to their long-term growth and development. Your feedback is welcome before 31 July 2015. For more information on submissions and to download the plan, visit our website.

Charity Golf Day

Each year Darwin International Airport (DIA) partners with our stakeholders to raise funds for an important Top End cause. In 2015, we’re helping CareFlight to purchase a new car crash simulator. The support of our staff and sponsors at next month’s event will build CareFlight’s capacity to save lives and support emergency services workers in our remote regions.
We’re looking forward to getting together with our airport staff, businesses, contractors, tenants and partners for lunch, dress-ups and a bit of golf. See what we got up to last year when we raised $38,000 for FoodBank NT.

Redspot Open

Territory travellers now have a greater choice of car hire options with the opening of Redspot’s Darwin Airport branch this month. Located on the terminal ground floor, Redspot has a local fleet of modern vehicles ready to help you explore the beautiful surrounds of Darwin and beyond. Contact Redspot

Henley on Todd

Everyone's favourite outback regatta is back next month when the Henley-On-Todd takes to the dry bed of the Todd River. Alice Springs Airport is happy to be supporting this year's event, which is raising money for Alice Springs Rotary and the Fred Hollows Foundation. 
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Darwin Festival

DIA is proud to be a Major Partner of the 2015 Darwin Festival, which kicks off next month. The program features 18 days of music, theatre, cabaret and comedy in some of Darwin's best-loved venues. For more information and to book your tickets, visit
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