Featured Speakers :

 Bill Burke
Bill Burke
CEO
Mildura Airport
 Todd Chapman
Todd Chapman
Head of Airports
Qantaslink
 Bob Palmer
Bob Palmer
Councillor
Coffs Harbour City Council
 Carl Grodach
Carl Grodach
Senior Lecturer - Local Economic Development
Queensland University of Technology
 David Sheldon
David Sheldon
Chair
Australian Regional Tourism Network
 David Voss
David Voss
Manager Airport
Emerald Airport - Central Highlands Regional Council
 Dennis Martin
Dennis Martin
Airport Manager
Coffs Harbour Airport
 Doug Baker
Doug Baker
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
QUT
 Heather Mattes
Heather Mattes
General Manager
Archerfield Airport
 Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward
CEO
NZ Airports Association
 Malcolm Osborne
Malcolm Osborne
CEO
Town Of Port Hedland
 Paul Bredereck
Paul Bredereck
Managing Director Airlines
JETGO Australia
 Peter Friel
Peter Friel
Airport Manager
Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd
 Rico Merkert
Rico Merkert
PhD Leeds, MSC TU Berlin/ NHH Bergen, Associate Professor in Aviation Management
University of Sydney
 Scott Waters
Scott Waters
CEO
Whitsunday Regional Council
 Greg Harrison
Greg Harrison
Technical Director - Design and Planning
AECOM Australia Pty Limited
 Bill Cuthbertson
Bill Cuthbertson
Director of Engineering and Infrastructure Services
Torres Shire Council

Regional Airport Development 

As many as 50% of regional airports throughout Australia are operating at a loss. 

Holding the responsibility of being the key gateways to Regional Australia, regional airports are pressured to upgrade and develop. With fluctuating activities in the mining and tourism sectors, regional airports are therefore experiencing fluctuating foot traffic. Ageing infrastructure and limited funding is a constant pressure. 

There is a need to re-focus and work towards commercialisation of our assets to move towards self-funding and at least become cost neutral.

Key Topics Being Discussed

Case studies from: Mildura Airport, Archerfield Airport, Port Hedland Airport, Emerald Airport, Mount Isa Airport, Longreach Airport, Whitsunday Coast Airport, Coffs Harbour Airport and Warrnambool Airport.

1. Generate new revenue streams: How do you maximise commercial and non-aero activities to increase revenue?

2. Business Transformation: How do you transform the running of your airport from maintaining an asset, to managing a profitable business?

  • Looking at a variety of subsidy structures from remote, rural and regional airports outside Australia

  • Maximising commercial opportunities: land development planning, car parking facilities, redevelopment projects, business parks etc.

3. Funding:  How do you source and secure  private/public funding to support infrastructure growth and expansion plans?

4. Integration of Destination Management into Local Government


Bring your case study along. There will be PLENTY of chances to discuss with your fellow aviation colleagues!


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