News Briefs

    Airports Vanuatu Limited to install new security boom gate at Port Vila Bauerfield Airport

    Airports Vanuatu Limited, via its official Facebook account, announced (09-Mar-2017) Port Vila Bauerfield Airport will be installing new security boom gate at its main entrance in 2017. The new security gates will enable better control access to airport facilities particularly during non-operational periods and improve security over airport assets such as car parks and other landside facilities.


    Airports Fiji Limited contracts Indra to deliver ILS/DME at Nadi and Nausori airports

    Airports Fiji Limited contracted (09-Mar-2017) Indra to install the NORMARC 7000 instrument landing system (ILS) and NORMARC LDB-103 distance measuring equipment (DME) at Nadi International Airport and Suva Nausori International Airport. The project has a budget of FJD6 million (USD2.86 million). Nadi Airport’s existing ILS/DME will be replaced with no downtime, while Nausori Airport is not equipped with either technology.


    Airways NZ contracts Indra to deliver instrument landing systems

    Airways New Zealand contracted (09-Mar-2017) Indra to supply NORMARC 7000 CATIII capable instrument landing systems (ILS) at Christchurch International Airport‘s runways 02 and 20 and Auckland International Airport‘s runways 05R and 23L. The contract also includes an option to deliver the system at Wellington International Airport and Dunedin Airport.


    Adelaide Airport renews Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3 Optimisation

    Adelaide Airport renewed (09-Mar-2017) its Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3 Optimisation. The carbon accreditation recognises the airport’s voluntary efforts to reduce carbon emissions. [


    Australian Airports Association ‘look forward to working’ with A4ANZ

    Australian Airports Association welcomed (09-Mar-2017) the launch of Airlines for Australia & New Zealand (A4ANZ), a new industry group formed by Qantas GroupVirgin Australia GroupAir New Zealand and Regional Express (Rex). AAA stated: “We all have a shared interest in an open, competitive and innovative market that supports further growth and investment. We look forward to working with the airline group on these issues, particularly in respect of supporting approaches to government on policies that support new investment in airport infrastructure and engaging the range of government, industry and community stakeholders involved in airport operations and the potential for growth in the future”.


    Qantas recruitment drive to specifically target women in piloting and engineering roles

    Qantas intends to specifically target women for piloting and engineering positions during its recruitment drive, which started on 09-Mar-2017 in Brisbane (News Corp Australia, 09-Mar-2017). The recruitment campaign will comprise a series of training seminars held around Australia aiming to encourage women to pursue careers in aviation. The campaign is the first of its kind conducted by the airline in nine years, as it moves to expand its fleet with Boeing 787 equipment from late 2017.


    Qantas to open new Brisbane domestic business class lounge 14-Mar-2017

    Qantas announced plans to open its new Brisbane Airport domestic business class lounge on 14-Mar-2017 (Australian Business Traveller, 10-Mar-2017). The lounge features its own check-in and baggage drop and will be accessible to business class passengers, platinum and platinum one frequent flyers, and platinum members of Emirates ‘Skywards’ and China Eastern ‘Eastern Miles’ rewards programmes.


    Fiji Airways updates summer schedule for 2017

    Fiji Airways provided (08-Mar-2017) an update on its northern summer schedules, valid effective 26-Mar-2017.

    • Nadi-Hong Kong: Up to five times weekly;
    • Nadi-Singapore: Twice weekly;
    • Fiji-Australia:
      • Sydney: Remains at daily frequency;
      • Melbourne: Operating six to seven times weekly;
      • Brisbane: Operating four to five times weekly;
      • Adelaide: Twice weekly;
    • Fiji-New Zealand:
      • Auckland: Remains at daily frequency;
      • Wellington: Twice weekly;
      • Christchurch: Up to three times weekly;
    • Fiji-US:
      • Los Angeles: Remains at daily frequency;
      • San Francisco: Seasonal service up to three times weekly;
      • Honolulu: Service to operate up to three times weekly. Route to be served both nonstop and via Kiribati or Samoa;
    • Nadi-Apia: Once weekly;
    • Nadi-Honiara: Remains twice weekly;
    • Nadi-Port Vila: Up to five times weekly.


    Airnorth to increase Melbourne-Toowoomba frequency

    Airnorth announced (09-Mar-2017) plans to increase Melbourne Tullamarine-Brisbane Wellcamp frequency from seven to 13 times weekly, effective 08-May-2017, with a further increase to 15 times weekly from June-2017- see Route Changes Table for more information. Airnorth CEO Daniel Bowden said the new frequencies are a response to increasing business traveller demand. Airnorth has no competition on the route and operates under a codeshare agreement with Qantas.


    New Caledonia tourist arrivals up 1.5% in 2016

    New Caledonia Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies reported 2016 tourism arrivals of 115,676, an increase of 1.5% year-on-year (, 09-Mar-2017). Highlights by source market:

    • Australia: +9%;
    • New Zealand: +7.2%
    • Japan: +5.5%;
    • France: -1.4%;
    • Pacific Islands: -5.8%;
    • North America: -33.6%.