News Briefs

    Kalgoorlie Airport ‘cheaper option’ than Cunderdin Airport as Perth Airport’s alternative

    Kalgoorlie Airport was regarded as a “cheaper option” than Cunderdin Airport to become an alternative airport for Perth Airport, according to Nationals Party candidate for Kalgoorlie Tony Crook (Perth Now, 25-Feb-2017). Mr Crook explained “Kalgoorlie…has existing services in place”, the upgrades and expansion would cost less than the redevelopment of Cunderdin Airport which currently does not host scheduled services. Mr Crook added Kalgoorlie is “on the way” for airlines flying from the east of Australia to Perth that is ideal in the case of diversions.


    Cairns Airport commence negotiations to introduce Uber

    Cairns Airport commenced negotiations with Uber to officially introduce the ridesharing service at the airport (Cairns Post, 16-Feb-2017). Cairns Airport commercial GM Fiona Ward stated “At this stage, the final model for Uber’s on-airport operations in still being worked through” but there are plans to establish a dedicated pick-up zone. Uber is expected to launch operations in Cairns on 16-Mar-2017.


    Jin Air Seoul-Cairns season service achieved 97% load factor

    Jin Air’s seasonal Seoul-Cairns service, which operated 16 times between Dec-2016 and Feb-2017, achieved a 97% load factor according to Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) CEO Alex de Waal (, 24-Feb-2017). Nearly 6000 Korean visitors visited Cairns between Dec-2016 and Feb-2017.


    Cargo airport development proposed for central or northern Victoria

    Victoria‘s Government is reportedly in talks with a consortium regarding an AUD140 million (USD107 million) proposal to develop a cargo airport in central or northern Victoria, to operate on a similar model to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (Herald Sun, 24-Feb-2017). The proposal involves the development of an existing airport to handle services to China, with around six airports under consideration. Federal MP for Murray Damian Drum said he was briefed on the proposal and commented, “There’s millions of tonnes of produce that comes out of this area and if it could be in China later that day, that’s something that’s very viable”.


    NSW State Government seeking to deregulate more regional air routes

    NSW State Government Minister for Transport Andrew Constance reported the state transport ministry is seeking to deregulate all remaining regulated regional routes in New South Wales (ABC News, 24-Feb-2017). According to Mr Constance, of the 26 regional intrastate routes, 90% of traffic occurs on the 16 deregulated routes.


    Moree community rejects regional air route deregulation proposal

    Moree Plains Shire Council reported a community consultation concerning the Moree-Sydney air service showed strong opposition to a NSW State Government deregulation proposal (ABC News, 24-Feb-2017). NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance has urged the Australian Government to deregulate regional air services and to open up slots at Sydney Airport for regional flights.


    Air New Zealand: International competition in New Zealand has reached a high water mark

    Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said he believes New Zealand has reach a “high water tide mark in terms of new competitors coming into the market place” and there are “encouraging signals” in the wider Asian market (BusinessDesk, 23-Feb-2017). Mr Luxon stated some Chinese airlines “appear to be taking steps” to reduce frequency to New Zealand during the tourism low season, and United Airlines has also lowered capacity, which may help Air New Zealand unit revenue in international long haul passenger operations.


    Auckland Airport progressing with international terminal expansion

    Auckland Airport acting aeronautical commercial GM Scott Tasker reported (22-Feb-2017) the upgrade of the airport’s international departure area and expansion of Pier B of the international terminal area is “well underway”. The Pier B expansion will add two more gates capable of handling up to A380 aircraft. The airport is also progressing with design work on the new domestic section of its combined domestic and international terminal, and undertaking further improvements to roads and public transport infrastructure.


    Australia Minister for Infrastructure and Transport: Essendon Airport should not be shut down

    Australia‘s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester stated (22-Feb-2017) Melbourne Essendon Airport “plays a critical role” in supporting essential services and corporate aviation for the state of Victoria and denies it should be shut down until further investigation. As previously reported by CAPA, the airport suffered a collision with terrain incident on 21-Feb-2017 that raised safety concerns of further developments around the airport precinct.


    Gold Coast Tourism outlines new brand and marketing campaign

    Gold Coast Tourism Corp launched its new destination brand platform ‘We Are Destination Gold Coast’ (, 21-Feb-2017). An associated advertising campaign, covering traditional and digital avenues, be launched in Mar-2017.


    Canberra Airport in discussion with government for more public transportation options

    Canberra Airport confirmed discussion is underway with the state government to provide more public transportation options at the airport (Canberra Times, 21-Feb-2017). Canberra Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris stated there are plans to enhance bus services before introducing a rail option.


    New Sichuan Airlines service to Auckland to add 81,000 seats p/a

    Auckland Airport reported (22-Feb-2017) Sichuan Airlines‘ new Chengdu-Auckland service, due to commence in Jun-2017, will add 81,000 seats p/a to and from China. The service will operate three times weekly with A330-200 aircraft. On average each Chinese visitor to New Zealand spends approximately NZD4300 (USD3100).


    Airways New Zealand to invest USD30m in capital projects in 2017

    Airways New Zealand announced (24-Feb-2017) plans to invest NZD41 million (USD29.5 million) in capital projects in 2017. Airways NZ stated the projects will focus on, “Delivering next generation technology”, with projects underway including:

    • Installation of a new satellite supported aircraft surveillance system;
    • Procurement of a new domestic ATM platform;

    Airways chair Judy Kirk said the investments will, “Enable the future success and efficiency of our own business and those of our customers”.


    Court of Appeal dismiss Queenstown Airport’s legal case for tax deduction on RESA depreciation 

    New Zealand Court of Appeal dismissed Queenstown Airport’s claim for tax deduction on depreciation of its runway end safety area (RESA) (Business Desk, 27-Feb-2017). As previously reported by CAPA, the airport’s legal case was first rejected by the High Court in Jul-2016. The airport is estimated to have lost NZD2.7 million (USD1.9 million) in deferred tax liability as a result of the decision.