Australia’s regional airports have always had a unique role to play in commercial markets – be it for resources, tourism or agriculture. But in the wake of reduced government funding sources and aging infrastructure, airports are now tasked with making the most of available resources to maintain assets and remain competitive. Bill Burke, CEO of Mildura Airport, discusses he and his team are managing the commercial viability of the airport.
New Zealand's regional aviation industry is in a state of uncharacteristic change. Air NZ has withdrawn from several regular routes, providing smaller airlines an opportunity to introduce new services. Kevin Ward, Chief Executive, NZ Airports, discusses how the implications of Air NZ’s withdrawal corresponds to efforts for regional airports and councils to maintain air links, as well as funding infrastructure to remain viable over the longer term.
The scope for commercial development is widening, and more regional airports are channelling efforts to make the most of available revenue streams and infrastructure planning. Ahead of Regional Airport Development 2016, we caught up with specialists from Coffs Harbour Regional Airport, Archerfield Airport Corporation and NZ Airports, to find out how some of the latest developments correspond to supporting commercial growth and performance over the long term.