Please enjoy the October edition of Touchdown!
October 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Touchdown – your chance to stay in touch with Northern Territory Airports’ news. This bumper edition showcases a range of achievements, news stories and projects happening across NT Airports in Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. From the opening of a new retail, commercial and entertainment precinct, through to Darwin Airport's developed and operated luxury international lounge, the breadth of NT Airports' recent projects across aviation, property, operations, commercial and the community is broad to say the least!

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.

$40K raised at Darwin Airport’s Annual Charity Golf Day

In August 2016, Darwin Airport with the help of our generous stakeholders raised $40,000 in support of Variety – the Children's Charity NT, an organisation that aims to empower children living with illness, disability, disadvantage or special needs – to live, laugh and learn. The funds raised helped Variety NT fund much-needed modifications for two Sunshine Coaches used to transport school children in two Top End communities.

Not only was this year's Golf Day a huge success – participants, supporters and volunteers all enjoyed the day immensely. Click here to see some social photos from the day.

From the team at Darwin Airport, thank you to all the generous supporters of this year's Darwin Airport Annual Charity Golf Day!

Back to its rightful home

Making good use of its social media platforms, Darwin International Airport recently returned a precious photo album to its rightful owner in South Australia. The customer had lost the album while in transit, moving interstate from Darwin to Adelaide. When airport staff discovered the photo album, they could see that the images were precious and something the owner might like to see returned. They posted a picture of the album and included some of the first names of those featured in the photographs to facebook – the post was shared 622 times! The owner was found and the album has now been returned to its owner – safe and sound.

Tennant Creek Airport commemorates 50th anniversary of tragic event

Saturday 24 September 2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the VH-AGE Lockheed Hudson Plane Crash. In 1966 five aerial surveyors were tragically killed, along with 12 year old passenger Marvin Mathews, when their plane crashed on the western approach to Tennant Creek Airport.

The Rotary E-Club of Outback Australia invited the local community, including friends and family of the deceased, to the commemoration and unveiling of a special plaque at Tennant Creek Airport. The plaque is fixed to a rock which came from the crash site. The idea for a memorial came from Ian Smart who was the Postmaster in Tennant Creek at the time of the crash.
Photo: Ian Smart and his son.

Darwin Airport Central launches to an eager crowd!

Thursday 13 October saw the launch of Darwin Airport Central, welcoming guests to an exciting new business, retail and entertainment precinct set in the true heart of Darwin, only a stone’s throw from the airport terminal.
The Northern Territory’s Attorney-General Natasha Fyles formally opened the event while Director Property Ross Baynes and ADG Board Director Julian Widdup also spoke to a crowd of around 80 guests.
Darwin Airport Central is a fully integrated and master planned commercial hub, which features state of the art commercial, retail and leisure facilities. Bordered by two major arterial roads, Darwin Airport Central is positioned perfectly within a highly visible traffic zone, with easy connections to the northern suburbs and Darwin’s CBD located just minutes away.
With Kingpin Family Entertainment Centre already established and FlipOut Indoor Trampoline Arena opening soon, Darwin Airport Central provides hours of family fun and entertainment. Recent additions to the precinct include Muzz Buzz – a drive thru for coffee and juice lovers – and Bargain Car Rental, both new to one of the precinct's newest projects Osgood South Commercial. Visit a full list of Darwin Airport Central's valued partners here.
Darwin Airport Central is now open so come and see what it’s all about!


Darwin Airport's New International Lounge

Thursday 1st September saw the public opening of Darwin Airport's new Catalina Lounge – an airport developed and operated luxury lounge and the first of its kind in Australia.

The lounge was designed with the international passenger in mind providing them with a comfortable space to relax in prior to departure. The lounge provides a range of snacks and refreshments – enjoy the delicious Australian and Asian inspired chef prepared hot and cold buffet with a selection of signature dishes. Both stylish and elegant, the lounge can accommodate up to 70 guests and boasts a dedicated VIP area for up to 30 guests. Catalina Lounge has a dedicated Kid's Zone with freebies and plenty of entertainment options for children. Sit back in comfort and enjoy soft jazz music allowing you to completely unwind before boarding your flight.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Catalina Lounge experience; the lounge is not exclusive to members. Entry is accessible for passengers from any airline with a competitive fee payable upon entry. Passes to the lounge is the perfect gift for loved ones travelling overseas with special rates for seniors and family packages available. Next time you're heading overseas, wait for your flight in style at Darwin Airport’s Catalina Lounge, it’s really something quite special!

Alice Springs Airport supports community golf day!

Alice Springs Airport staff were quick to show their skills at the annual Chamber Golf Day and Henley on Todd events held in late August. The day’s events also featured a competitive but fun game of bubble soccer – in which competitors play soccer in individual human sized blow-up plastic balls –  needless to say with a few laughs along the way! Alice Springs Airport’s Ilma Thorne even took home the prize for the Women’s Longest Drive – well done Ilma! 

Safety is our number 1 priority

October is National Safe Work Month, a national initiative to promote health and safety in workplaces across the country. One week is dedicated specifically to Airport Safety, bringing airport communities together with a common cause – to create a safe environment where airport stakeholders and the general public can work cohesively.

Northern Territory Airport’s WHS Advisor, Steve Caldwell, says there are a number of hazards associated with the unique environment of airports, and it’s important that stakeholders come together to understand the measures put in place to minimise risk.

“You’ve got many stakeholders working together in the same place – throw in two million passengers walking through each year and you can see the importance of creating a totally safe environment,” Steve says.

With events across Darwin and Alice Springs Airports, Airport Safety Week is themed with various events taking place for airport staff to attend and further their knowledge of what makes a safe working environment. This year’s topics include Human Factors, Airside Works, Airside Driving/National FOD Walk Day, Environmental Considerations and Fatigue.

Flock artwork recently installed in terminal

If you’ve wandered through the international arrivals area in the terminal recently, you may have seen a stunning new instalment titled Flock 2016, by Catriona Stanton.
The work is inspired by the movement of a flock of birds, whereby birds migrate over long distances and swirl in elaborate formations to protect one another and avoid predators. The design has been based on the linear herringbone motif, which has rhythmic associations with feathers, fish, spear grass and rain – all inherent to the wild and wonderful Top End’s natural environment.
Flock also signifies Darwin’s vibrant and multicultural population, through the weaving of Indigenous communities, the woven cloth from the colonising Anglo culture and red firecrackers typical of Chinese New Year.
The gorgeous colour palette is that of the Gouldian Finch, one of Northern Australia’s most iconic bird species that became an endangered species in 1999. Flock serves as a beautiful reminder of the need to protect and conserve the unique environment of the Top End.
Photo by Fiona Morrison.

Darwin Airport bus driver receives award for excellent service

Customer experience and passenger comfort continues to be a focus for Northern Territory Airports and this is a fine example of that focus.

Local bus driver for Darwin Airport's premium shuttle bus service, Darwin City Airport Shuttle Service, recently won the Tourism Top End Super Deeds Award for exceptional customer service at Darwin International Airport. Well done Ian – keep up the good work! 

Images top: Interior images of Catalina Lounge. Image directly above: The Catalina Lounge official industry opening, August 2016.

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Fancy a delicious beverage fast?

Lovers of coffee and fresh juice can now stop by Darwin's very first Muzz Buzz and Java Juice van located at Osgood South Commercial as part of Darwin Airport Central.

Airport Safety Week

Darwin International Airport had a fantastic turn-out for the launch of Airport Safety Week held in the terminal on Monday 17th October 2016. Safety is our Number 1 Priority!

Molly Clark Room

Alice Springs Airport has opened a new facility named after one of the NT's most extraordinary women, Molly Clark. The facility is available for hire for conferences, meetings and training.
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