Monthly check in:July 2017-Airport_news

Total

passengers
for the month

111,665

INCREASE


5.2%

Passenger growth in July 2017 increased by 5.2% compared to the same month last year. This was supported by strong growth on all major routes. The blended load factor for all major carriers was 77.2%.    


Total

passengers for the
calendar year-to-date 

724,114

INCREASE


6.8%

Year-to-date passenger numbers reached 724,111, up 6.8% compared toe the same period in the previous year. Additional seats on all major routes were the main contributors to this figure.

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Becoming international ready-Airport_news



In 2016 Newcastle Airport received notification that its application for a Restart NSW grant had been successful. This $855,000 grant will be used towards the funding of the $1.6 million fit-out for the border agency requirements. Until now, Newcastle Airport had only the dedicated terminal space for international passenger processing, not the necessary infrastructure to be able to have international flights to-and-from the airport.

In April, Newcastle Airport announced Hunter-based builder, Kingston Building had been awarded the $1.6 million project. This project involved the installation of the necessary security technology, IT technology, passenger screening equipment, and furniture for the border agencies. Now complete, ahead of schedule which is a credit to Kingston Building  who's managers saw the project executed  to the highest standard with no lost time to injury, ensuring it came in ahead of schedule and ahead of budget.

And, while we haven't got any announcements on the horizon about direct flights to new destinations just yet, here is a sneak peek below of what you can expect when we do get to use our new facilities. You will see we're international ready for when an airline says YES!



Frequently Asked Questions

Does this mean that international flights will start right away?

We wish we could say with certainty yes. But, unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
Completing this project doesn’t guarantee international flights will start from Newcastle Airport in the near future. But, what it does mean is that from an infrastructure perspective, we have done everything we need to do to prepare our terminal in readiness for international fights.
You can read more about what we’re doing behind the scenes to bring more services to Newcastle here  

Will I get to use the new facilities when I fly domestically?

No. Our new facilities will only be used fro international departures and arrivals.

How is this project funded?

This project has been partly funded through the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund and by Newcastle Airport.

Where will you fly to first?

That is a good question and one we are working hard to answer! We are looking at short-haul destinations like Fiji and Bali or New Zealand. It's a long race we're running but we are committed to doing everything we can to bring new services, both domestic and international, to Newcastle Airport to give our region an airport it deserves.

I hate sitting in Sydney traffic, how do I fly out of Newcastle overseas?

We couldn’t agree with you more! That Sydney freeway trip can really take its toll. If you were keen on starting your trip from Newcastle we can hub to more 65 destinations world-wide in just one stop.



Byron Bay is winning at winter-Airport_news


Fancy leaving the chill of winter to holiday on some of the best stretch of coast Northern NSW has to offer?

Catch a plane to Byron this season and you’ll be in paradise in no time. With average winter temperatures around 19 degrees and clear sunny days this cosmopolitan spot is the perfect place to soak up some rays and explore a region that is rich in culture and diversity.

What’s more winter is the perfect time to enjoy a spot of whale watching as Australian east coast humpbacks migrate.

Flying makes quick work of the 800 kilometre trip, leaving you to enjoy your break and the get the most from all that Byron has to offer. This easternmost point of the Australia is famous for its beaches, surf breaks, sunrises, fishing and green hills. But there’s so much more to the area. It’s a foodies dream, from market stalls to high-end restaurants Byron boasts outstanding local produce.

With a host of scenic walks, meditation retreats, regular festivals, shopping and entertainment a trip to Byron will leave you feeling truly inspired.

In fact, the chances are you may never want to leave Byron’s blissed-out buzz, yet there are loads of interesting places within an hour’s drive, not least beautiful Ballina.

This bustling town offers stunning beaches, endless waterside attractions and some of the best local seafood you’re likely to find. With 25 kilometres of cycleways along the beautiful Richmond river, kayak tours, river cruises and heritage walks its captivating scenery can be enjoyed at any pace. Visit Macadamia Castle for some family fun, delve your way through the Ballina markets or saddle-up and take a horse ride along the beach.

With some great packages currently on offer from Pelican Travel, your winter blues may have just turned a warmer hue.


THINGS TO DO IN BYRON AND BALLINA:
Splendour in the Grass –  July 21 to July 23 
Byron Bay Writer’s Festival – August 4 to August 6
The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival – August 11 to August 12
Ballina Market – 3rd Sunday of every month
Quota Club of Astonville Craft and Garden Fair – Balllina August 26  to August 27
Sample Food Festival – Bangalow Showgrounds

GETTING THERE:

Ballina is just 5 minutes from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Byron is under 30 minutes drive.
FlyPelican has six direct flights a week from Newcastle to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, with flights from $99. 
Flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Looking for all-inclusive? Byron Bay
 packages are available through Pelican Travel. You could enjoy a winter getaway at the luxurious Byron at Byron, with airport transfers to the resort and return flights Ex-Newcastle from $549 per-person.

Why do people love Byron bay so much? Read on to find out our top five reasons to love Byron


*This article first published in the Newcastle Herald 

Monthly check in: June 2017-Airport_news

Total

passengers
for the month

98,217

INCREASE


6.2%

Passenger growth in June 2017 increased by 6.2% compared to the same month last year. This was supported by additional seats on all major routes. The blended load factor for all major carriers was 75%.


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

1,257,210

INCREASE


6.6%

Financial year passenger numbers reached 1.257 million, up 6.6% compared to last financial year. Positive growth from all major airlines and new routes to Coffs Harbour and Dubbo during the year were the main contributors for this record figure.

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Selling the Hunter to the world-Airport_news

Yesterday, more than 30 tourism professionals, representing 19 businesses, attended two workshops hosted by Newcastle Airport.

We had representation from 19 local tourism businesses, proving there is a real desire, not to mention the need, for tourism operators in the Hunter to become 'export ready' for rapidly growing Asian markets.

The workshops were facilitated by Newcastle Airport because we wanted to help our local businesses be ready for when the Asian market lands in our region, and we are committed to being the airport the region deserves and helping to grow the visitor economy in our region.

With inbound international arrivals to Australia set to grow from 8.4 million to 12.3 million in 2025, coupled, with Destination NSW's strategic focus to send visitors our way with more frequency, what yesterday's workshops showed was there are now more tourism operators on the right path to support the influx of international tourism set to fall upon the Hunter.

During the workshop, attendees engaged with export marketing tourism professionals from Australian Attractions and learned about the inbound market to Australia and NSW, the traditional marketplace and commission structures, online and dynamic pricing, how to work with inbound tour operators, and what their business needs to do to become ‘export ready’.

The Asia Export Ready Workshop is part of Newcastle Airport’s commitment to develop the region as a highly-desired destination, not only by Novocastrians and Sydney-siders, but also by international and interstate visitors.   





Monthly check in: May 2017-Airport_news

Total

passengers
for the month

101,257

INCREASE


5.2%

Passenger growth in May 2017 increased by 5.2% compared to the same month last year. This was supported by additional seats on all major routes. The blended load factor for all major carriers was 74.6%.


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

1,158,903

INCREASE


6.6%

Financial YTD passenger numbers reached 1.15 million, up 6.6%compared to the first 11 months of the last financial year. Positive growth on all major airlines and new routes to Coffs Harbour and Dubbo were the main contributors

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Monthly check in: April 2017-Airport_news

Total

passengers
for the month

109,059

INCREASE


14.5%

Strong growth on our major routes Brisbane, Melbourne and Gold Coast saw the best passenger throughput for the month of April.  


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

1,057,646

INCREASE


6.9%

With positive growth on all routes, Newcastle Airport is on track for the best ever financial year result for passenger throughput. 

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Newcastle Airport gets smart seating-Airport_News

This week our departure lounge received a face lift, we had 241 state-of-the-art seats installed at Departure Gates 1, 2 and 3. 

What makes them state-of-the-art you ask? Well, they’re constructed from a silver powder-coated mild-steel frame, have polished aluminium legs and arms, and are covered in a sexy leather-look upholstery. 

But, it’s not just their construction that makes them so spiffy.

It’s this that’s going to blow your hair back. Our new seats have power outlets. Yes, you just read that right. The brand-spanking new seats have power outlets so you can charge your <insert your chosen device here> before you fly. And, we are proudly the first Australian airport to offer this wonderful invention, in this particular style of seat, to its passengers.

So, next time you have a panic attack at the airport when you see that little battery bar turn red, be grateful that you’re at Newcastle because we have your back. 
This face-lift not only looks sexy, but means we’ve added an extra 150 charge points to the existing 100 power points that were already in the departure lounge.
 
It’s just one more reason why it’s smarter to fly from Newcastle Airport. Happy device charging. Check out our handy list of other charge points in the airport.

Urban Hum honey now on hand at Newcastle Airport-Airport_news


You can now give the sweet taste of Newcastle on your travels, with Urban Hum honey now stocked at Newcastle Airport. 
Urban Hum provides local, ethically produced honey, to residents and businesses throughout the Hunter which makes for the perfect gift or souvenir that fits right in your carry-on.
Over the past few years, local beekeeping business Urban Hum has installed over a hundred beehives, boosting backyard biodiversity and providing raw unprocessed honey to over 9000 customers.
Urban Hum has taken local residents on a journey allowing them to play an active role in hosting hives while raising awareness of the plight of the honeybee.
All their honey is produced within 20km from the Heart of Newcastle with hives located on rooftops and in suburban gardens. 
“The survival of the honey bee is in jeopardy and unfortunately our survival depends on theirs with bees responsible for 60% of the food we consume,” Urban beekeeper Kelly Lees said. 
“Our bees come first. This is reflected in our management practices and ethical honey production,” Kelly said. 
Each jar of Urban Hum honey is unique to the suburb from which it is sourced.
"A process of small batch production and single hive origin extraction offers customers a unique experience of enjoying the complex floral varieties that makes up a city like Newcastle, an interesting blend of native bushland pockets, street trees, parks and suburban gardens.” Urban Hum co-founder Anna Scobie said.

Pick up your jar of Urban Hum honey,  that is unique to the Hunter, from News travels in the departures lounge at Newcastle Airport .


Newcastle Weekender-airport_news

Weekend in Newcastle? Here's the only guide you'll need
Where the beach meets the city and the coffee is always good, Newcastle is a booming foodie hub like no other. Bursting at the seams with places to eat and things to do, Newcastle is where the beach is on your doorstep, and the bustle of the city is in your backyard. Take a short drive, and you’ll also find yourself in the acclaimed Hunter Valley wine region.


Breakfast


You can’t beat café-packed Darby Street for some of the best meals in the city. The Three Monkeys Cafe is renowned for its Snickers smoothie and generous breakfast menu, while Core Espresso is perfect for those in need of wholesome food and coffee. To escape the busy Darby Street, try The Edwards, set within a beautiful space in Newcastle West, complete with a wood-fired oven that’s perfect for a winter breakfast with sweet, savoury and vegetarian options available. You can also take your laundry here, thanks to the in-house launderette. In Newcastle East, Scotties serves up some of the best coffee in town that’s best followed up with a short stroll down to the beach for a dip.

Lunch


A newcomer to the food scene and in the heart of Newcastle’s west is Antojitos, a Mexican eatery perfect for the casual BYO Sunday-sesh. The fish tacos are a must and perfect for kicking off drinks! All corn chips and tortillas are made in-house, and the menu leans towards fresh and light offerings. For a beachfront setting, there’s Estabar, which is perfect for taking in the coastal views and brunch style options. Parry St Garage is ideal for a long lunch and wines by the bottle. You can also book ahead;  meaning it’s perfect for those in big groups or wanting to make sure they can get a table.


Dinner


The new menu at Reserve Wine Bar with its Mediterranean-style share plates make it a popular favourite with a loyal following. Fortunate Son is another favourite among locals while fine-diner Subo offers a 5-course seasonal set menu for $90. If you’re after something more casual, Bronx Pizza on Darby Street has some great American beers on tap and crisp-base pizzas to boot!

Pre-dinner or post-dinner drinks


Battlesticks bar is the ideal setting for champagne and has one of the best vantage points to watch the sun set over the harbour. For some of the best cocktails in Newcastle, head to Coal & Cedar, that also offers cocktail and whisky masterclasses. The Basement on Market St is great for relaxed street-side drinks and a light meal, while afternoon drinks on the rooftop of 529 The Terrace never disappoints.



The Hunter Valley


The Hunter Valley is worth a full day out. If you’re after a dining experience like no other, choose between a 5- or 8-course degustation at EXP. Restaurant by chef Frank Fawkner. You can also grab some Oakvale Wines and Fawk Foods black garlic paste to go, which makes a great hamper for any food lover. Dark Horse Vineyard cellar door makes for a memorable wine tasting with an equestrian-inspired décor. For something a little different, why not taste some of the artisan chocolates available from local chocolatiers Cocoa Nib at Keith Tulloch Wines. For breathtaking gardens and heritage convent buildings to match (as seen recently on the reality television show Farmer Wants A Wife), a walk around Circa 1876 is a must. If you plan on spending the night in the area, be sure to start the next day with a Champagne breakfast at Peterson House.


Things that don’t involve eating


Granted, you can’t spend all your time trying all of the fantastic food and wine this area has to offer, no matter how much you might want to. So why not take a walk to Nobby’s Head lighthouse while enjoying second-to-none views of the city and ocean, or do the Newcastle Memorial Walk, a 450m track that takes you from Bar Beach to Strzelecki Lookout, along coastal cliff tops. Follow your walk with a swim in the Newcastle Ocean Baths and a spot of shopping through the streets of Cooks Hill and Darby Street for quirky gifts, clothes and antiques. The Newcastle City Farmers Market is a must and is held at various times throughout the year. For local boutique artisans, you can’t beat a visit to The Emporium.


Accommodation


Spent all your money on food and wine? We know the feeling. So for cheaper accommodation, you can’t beat the Newcastle Beach Hotel. You’re lucky if you can get ocean views, but a practical (albeit dated) room does the job nicely. But if it's something a little more upmarket you are looking for....The Crowne Plaza Newcastle, which overlooks Newcastle Harbour, is always a favourite, situated perfectly to offer you the best of Newcastle right outside your door.




First published on Apr 20, 2017 by Delicious.com.au. 
Words by Sam Coutts. 

National Volunteer Week 2017-Airport_news


8 May to 15 May is National Volunteer Week. While Australia stops to celebrate the contribution that volunteers make this week, it is also a time that we stop to celebrate an important anniversary for some very special members of the Newcastle Airport family.

The Newcastle Airport volunteer program, manned by our very own teal-clad volunteer Ambassadors, was launched in 2008 during National Volunteer Week. Since then, the contribution our Ambassadors make to the Newcastle Airport experience is infinite. 
For the past nine years, our Ambassadors have helped:


  • you at the pay stations
  • keep the kids entertained your parents find their luggage and get safely into a taxi
  • direct your brother to the ever-important ATM (which is amazingly under the large ATM sign), and
  • you locate vacant power points to charge whichever gizmo or gadget needs some juice.
In isolation these might seems like small contributions but, together, they make the Airport a much friendlier place to be; the smiling face of one of our Ambassadors is often the first impression a visitor has of our region.

Many of the Ambassadors have been a team member since the program’s inception and since this time as a team they have collectively volunteered in excess of 25,000 hours. The Ambassadors willingly work on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter because they believe they have a positive impact on the passenger experience. And you know what, we agree with them.

So, next time you rush by one of our teal-clad Ambassadors, slow down, stop, and say ‘Hi’.  We can assure you they’re more than eager to have a chat, and we are sure you will board your flight or get on the road to your destination feeling better for the experience.


From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to our wonderful Ambassadors. Thank you for freely giving your time to help others; you really are the heart and soul of our Airport! 

An open letter to the people of the Hunter - News


Dear the people of the Hunter,

Wow, hasn’t there been some interest in our airport during the month of May! It’s heartening to see so much passion from our region.

The commencement of works on the $1.9 million international processing area fit-out seems to have more than piqued your interest. What is evident is your excitement and enthusiasm at the prospect of future international destinations becoming a real possibility.

I am writing this open letter to residents of the Hunter to thank you for your passion for the introduction of new routes out of Newcastle Airport. I have read your comments on social media, and listened to opinions on radio and in the media that prove we are an impassioned region with strong views on the future of their airport.

Your sentiments are not only warranted, but just what we need to convince airlines we have a local population that wants to fly to new destinations and would actively support new routes with fervour.

We can all agree our region most definitely deserves an international airport. These development works are the next step towards making this happen for you.

Partly funded by the State Government thanks to an $850,000 Restart NSW grant, the fit-out is due for completion later this year. This means that if an airline told us today they wanted to start international flights from Newcastle, by November we’d have all the necessary infrastructure ready for the services to commence.

We’re working hard to bring more flights to Newcastle Airport, but competition is fierce among airports to attract more flights. Just like any other company we pitch business cases to win new work (ie new routes). These pitches are backed by extensive passenger and traffic research and often include financial incentives.

As you can imagine, we’re not the only ones doing this, almost every other airport in Australia is hoping to grow their footprint and deliver new routes for their catchment. Ultimately it’s the airlines who decide where they will fly their planes and that decision is based on demand.

Completing this Border Force fit-out means that from an infrastructure perspective, we have done everything we needed to prepare our terminal for international flights. When international flights will start from Newcastle, is yet unknown.

That said, what is evident to me and my team is the wanderlust our community has.

We take this desire for new destinations—both international and domestic—seriously and we will continue to lobby the airlines and push hard for Newcastle Airport and our region to give you an airport the region deserves.

Domestically, we’ve listened to your comments and have focused on new services into South Australia and to additional airports in Queensland. We are in discussions with airlines at the moment about opportunities to both these states and I believe we have presented a strong business case for new services. Watch this space!

Internationally our focus is on short-haul destinations such as New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and—with the right aircraft—potentially Bali in the future.

While right now we don’t have any announcements on the horizon, completion of these fit-out works will remove the last infrastructure hurdle in bringing international flights to Newcastle. If we don’t build the infrastructure, we can never have international flights.

So, what we need you to do now is keep that enthusiasm going strong! We will continue to communicate openly and honestly with you and we also need you all to let the airlines know that Newcastle Airport is serviced by a population that is passionate about travel.  Let the airlines know where you want to fly and keep that enthusiasm strong!

Thank you again for all of your support,
Peter

Peter Cock
CEO Newcastle Airport

Gear up for Gold Coast Airport Marathon - Travel_Australia

In early July 2017 thousands will descend on the Gold Coast to take part in the annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

A rite of passage and/or pilgrimage for many, this marathon course is fast, flat, and scenic. Runners run next to surf beaches and Broadwater as the crowds cheer on with some ‘runspiration’.

An easy one-hour flight from Newcastle Airport, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon weekend event also offers shorter courses for those who are a bit daunted by a 42km challenge.  Why not try the half marathon, 10km run, 5.1km challenge, or the junior dash.

Take the challenge and enter here: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/enter/

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon website has some great training tips to get you started, including setting a goal, how to choose your shoes, and great apps to help keep you on track.  Check them out here: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/training/run-gold-coast/

See you there!

How to get there:

Jetstar has daily direct flights from Newcastle to the Gold Coast starting from $99 on Saturday 4 July and returning to Newcastle from $99 on Tuesday 7 July.

Note: All prices quoted correct at 1pm Tuesday 26 May.

Image source: goldcoastmarathon.com.au

Fly to State of Origin - Travel_Australia

The Holden State of Origin Series, returns in 2017 with pride on the line for both teams. Its mate vs mate as superstar teammates go head-to-head, with friendships put aside in pursuit of the ultimate bragging rights. Witness first-hand the passion on display between these famous rivals in the event that captivates millions of fans around the globe and forces everyone to ask - are you blue or are you maroon?

With games 1 and 3 being played behind enemy lines at Suncorp Stadium, the New South Wales Blues will need all of the supporters help they can get when they take-on the Queensland Maroons in the first State of Origin Clashes of 2017. Lucky it is super easy to fly there from Newcastle!
Game Two will be held at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on 21 June and with two flights a day to Sydney from Newcastle there's some great opportunities to wow your mates or clients on a good night out!

Since the beginning of (State of Origin) time, the number of victories taken by each team was once extraordinarily even, until 2006 when Queensland won eight consecutive series before New South Wales reclaimed the shield. 

Queensland has had a 'bit of a run' these last few years. Could this be their year to reclaim what is rightfully theirs? See for yourself the adrenaline and the atmosphere of the games in the State of Origin series that really is unrivaled. Remember: nothing hits like being at the game.

 To be part of the Origin excitement, book your ticket to match two or three (or both!) through Ticketek. You can secure individual game tickets to both games at Suncorp Stadium, or you can purchase a two game package and save. Plus there are options for both QLD and NSW supporters to purchase in dedicated supporter bays.

How to get there
Origin Game One
Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 8.00pm AEST – Suncorp Stadium 

>       Flights
Virgin Australia will fly you there on May 30 from $125.
Jetstar can take you there on game day from $75 or you can head to Brisbane earlier in the week and score flights from $69. 
 

Origin Game Two

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 8.00pm AEST – ANZ Stadium
>       Flights
Jetstar has starter flights to Brisbane on game day from $69.
Virgin Australia can fly you to Brisbane with fares from $99.  


Origin Game Three
Wednesday 12 July 2017, 8.00pm AEST – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

>       Flights
Jetstar has flights to Brisbane during the week of the series decider from $69
Virgin Australia can fly you to Brisbane with fares from $104 

*All prices quoted correct as at 12pm 4 May 2017.
Image source: wheretotonight.com

Indulge yourself at the Hunter Valley Food and Wine month - Travel_Australia

Imagine:  The cold winter air is breathing fresh life into the breeze outside. You’re relaxed by the warmth of fire and, as it crackles you take a smooth sip of red wine from the glass balancing in your hand. 

Now imagine this, you’re with your favourite people, you’re laughing, and your plates are empty following a gourmet feast at a fabulous restaurant complete with roaring fire. 

Sounds divine doesn’t it? 

Well, you won’t have to imagine it any longer if you get yourself to the Hunter Valley this May and June to experience the wonder of Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. 

What can only be described as pure indulgence, the Hunter Valley Food and Wine events are the perfect antidote to the winter-blues.  

This two month-long celebration offers so much the first-world-problem will be choosing which events to attend. 

A quick sample of what’s on offer includes: 

By the Fireside
An Intimate winemakers series where you hear the stories and sample the latest releases of some of the Hunter's finest winemakers while you enjoy a 4-coutrse meal perfectly matched to the winemaker's best.

Chef’s Plate Lunches
Channel your inner foodie at a set-price lunch at some of the Hunter Valley’s best restaurants. Starting from just $39, you get a main meal and a glass of Hunter Valley wine. And, depending on where you book, maybe a sweet-treat to follow. 

Meet  The Grower
Learn about the cycle of the vineyard and olive grove as you wander with local growers who share their knowledge and stories all while you sample the goods. 

Pie and Wine Pairing Experience
A gourmet pie is the perfect remedy for the winter blues so head to one of the participating Lovedale restaurants on the wine trail and tuck in!Your ideal opportunity to learn more about your favourite wine, the different characteristics a vineyard can produce, and the essential steps in the wine-making process.  

Winter Warmers
Set by an open fire in Hunter Valley vineyards, cellar doors, guest houses and restaurants, this is described as the ‘perfect way to relax on a cool winter’s day’. Warm up at an elegant affair with chocolate, sweets, fine teas and locally roasted coffee; dine by a blazing fireplace; or share a hearty Hunter Valley red by an open crackling bonfire.

Burning of the Barrel
Blazing bonfire at Glendore Estate Wines. When the sun begins to set at Glendore Estate light the flame on the annual barrel bonfire. Warm up beside it with a drop of shiraz. Perfect.

The Original 100 Metre Meal
Margan Wines are leaders in 'Agri Dining' and their 100 metre meal showcases the provenance of their estate-grown, estate-made produce.
Everything on your plate and in your glass has been grown within 100m from of your restaurant table.

Heroes of the Hunter
A five-course degustation dinner with matched wines for $95 per person? Yes please! 

The full calendar of events during Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is available at https://www.winecountry.com.au/events/wine-and-food-month
 

How to get there
The Hunter Valley is an easy 45-minute drive from Newcastle Airport. 

Flights to Newcastle from Brisbane in June start from $65 one way with Jetstar and from $89 one way with Virgin Australia* 

Flights to Newcastle from Melbourne in June start from $69 one way with Jetstar $89 one way with Virgin Australia* 

Book at www.jetstar.com and www.virginaustralia.com 

*All prices correct as at 4 May 2017.

Image source: Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism

Monthly check in: March 2017-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

104,890

INCREASE


3.1%

This month saw growth across all airlines, an impressive result considering the peak Easter travel period fell in March in 2016.


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

948,587

INCREASE


6.1%

YTD year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations showed an increase of 6.1%.

Financial year-on-year comparison


Total passengers (arrivals / departures)









Monthly check in: February 2017-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

90,430

INCREASE


0.6%

February 2017 was slightly up on 2016, a significant achievement given February had an extra day due to the leap year. Comparing the first 28 days of the month, passengers were 4.8% higher in 2017. The blended average load factor for the major airlines for February was 74%


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

843,697

INCREASE


6.5%

Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations across the year is continuing to be strong, showing overall increase of 6.5%. Summer 2016/17 was a strong performer, supported by additional capacity entering the market by Virgin Australia, QantasLink, and FlyPelican.

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Monthly check in: January 2017-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

108,606

INCREASE


12.7%

Records continue to tumble month-on-month at Newcastle Airport. For an airport to have double-digit growth in this climate is unparalleled. The solid numbers are a result of increased capacity being introduced into the market by all airlines for the summer period.The blended average load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for January was 73%


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

753,268

INCREASE


6.9%

Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations across the financial year increased 6.9%. A strong summer was supported by the additional capacity for the summer period which was greatly supported by our catchment. The 12 month rolling figures has increased to a further record of 1,228,897.

Financial year-on-year comparison



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Blues Fest Byron Bay top 10 in the world- Travel_Tips


International music powerhouse Billboard has named Bluesfest among the best music festivals in the world.The Byron Bay Easter staple has come in at number 7 on Billboard's list of top musical festivals for 2016, and is the only Australian entry in the top 10.

Top billing for 2016 went to California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with 579,000 attendees in six days and gross ticket revenue sales of more than US $78 million.

Bluesfest Byron Bay entered the list just after Lollapalooza Chile.

The Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm recorded in 2016 a total of 104,526 attendees in five days, with a total gross in ticket prices of more than US$13 million, according to Billboard.

After Byron Bay's Bluesfest, the list ends with Lollapalooza Argentina and Brazil in top 8 and 9, plus the Mexican Corona Capital Festival in tenth position.

Bluesfest has also been nominated in the 2016 Annual Pollstar Awards in the category of International Music Festival of the Year.

The Byron Bay event is nominated among Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park (London, UK), Glastonbury Festival -(Pilton, UK) Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany), Primavera Sound (Barcelona, Spain) and Rock Werchter (Werchter, Belgium).

Bluesfest has been nominated for the award for the 5th year in a row, and the 7th time overall.

The 27th Bluesfest was held over the 2016 Easter long weekend, and featured headliners Kendrick Lamar, The National, Brian Wilson, Tom Jones, D'Angelo, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and many more. Bluesfest has been recognised alongside international festival heavyweights The Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park (UK), The Glastonbury Festival (UK), Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany), Primavera Sound (Spain) and Rock Werchter (Belgium).

The 28th Annual Pollstar Awards will be held on Thursday, February 2, at The Novo in Los Angeles (Friday, February 3 in Australia).

The Pollstar Awards honour artists, management, talent buyers, venues, support services and more for their professionalism, achievements and abilities. Winners are determined by votes from agents, managers and promoters of concerts around the world.

The 28th Bluesfest will take place over the Easter long weekend from Thursday to Monday, April 13 to 17 and will features headliners Santana, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Buddy Guy and Mary J. Blige, among others.

Flights from Newcastle to Ballina-Byron Bay Airport with FlyPelican starts from $99. 

*This article first appeared in the Northern Star 

Lots to celebrate at Newcastle Airport-Airport _News


It’s the time of year to celebrate the year that was, to make plans for the coming 12 months, and also to be grateful.

At Newcastle Airport we are doing all these things. We are celebrating a record passenger throughput for a calendar year, with 1,216,624 passengers having passed through our terminal in 2016, this is 5.5% more passengers than in 2015.

We are also celebrating key milestones: you can now fly directly to more destinations than you’ve ever been able to, we’ve had a slew of record months for passenger throughput, and we can connect you to 65 destinations around the globe with just one stop—and for many of these destinations your bags can be checked through to your final destination.

However, the real celebration for us is that we better served the needs of the people of the Hunter and Central Coast, and moved a little bit closer to being the Airport the region deserves. This means you have more time at your holiday, not wasting time getting there, leaving more time with loved ones. It also means attracting more businesses to the region and that current businesses can seek new markets, all without the need to battle Sydney traffic. Importantly it means more money being returned to our local community through our shareholders Port Stephens Council and Newcastle City Council; we’ve paid $8 million in dividends to the Councils since 2013.

This is however, only the start. The recently released Hunter Regional Plan 2036 confirms the place of Newcastle Airport as a significant piece of regional infrastructure. This high-quality plan has also set the challenge of establishing direct air links between our region and the world. We endorse and accept this challenge, we consider direct international air links to be a sign that as a region we are truly living up to our potential and cementing a bright future for coming generations.

Our plan to realise this potential is to harness the power of the people of the Hunter and Central Coast. We will be working with our airline partners to increase the number of flights to our current destinations, to add direct flights to even more destinations, and of course maintain cheap fares. For our part, we are going to provide better services for you at the Airport, with upgrades to WiFi, new terminal seating that offers device charge points, more car parks with a larger more comfortable courtesy bus, and other enhancements with the aim of making your journey through our terminal an easy and enjoyable experience.

If you continue to choose Newcastle Airport as you did in 2016, or even switch to using your own airport more often, then an increased number of flights and new direct destinations will come. Regarding that prized international destination, ‘bums on seats’ is the language airline executives understand. By flying through your airport, you are sending a message that you cannot be ignored forever. 

We are thankful for, and do not take for granted, the region in which we are located. From Somersby Falls in the south, through to the funky coffee shops in Newcastle, pristine beaches of Port Stephens, and the vines of the Hunter Valley there is something for everybody. The tourism potential of our region is boundless and we are honoured to work with all our partners to unlock this potential. We are also grateful for the support of all levels of government, including our local government shareholders and state government for its continuing support, including financial.

I would also like to thank the RAAF for the continuing productive and supportive way in which they allow us to share their airfield. Without the RAAF there would be no Newcastle Airport.

Finally, I’d like to thank the people of the Hunter and Central Coast. Both those who are our loyal customers and those who have tried us for the first time in 2016 and who are now converts to Newcastle Airport.

We have an exciting year planned and I look forward to welcoming you back to your airport in 2017. 

Newcastle Airport sets course for wider horizon

It’s the time of year to celebrate the year that was, to make plans for the coming 12 months, and also to be grateful.

At Newcastle Airport we are doing all these things.

We are celebrating a record passenger throughput for a calendar year, with 1,216,624 passengers having passed through our terminal in 2016, this is 5.5% more passengers than in 2015.

We are also celebrating key milestones: you can now fly directly to more destinations than you’ve ever been able to, we’ve had a slew of record months for passenger throughput, and we can connect you to 65 destinations around the globe with just one stop—and for many of these destinations your bags can be checked through to your final destination.

However, the real celebration for us is that we better served the needs of the people of the Hunter and Central Coast, and moved a little bit closer to being the Airport the region deserves. This means you have more time at your holiday, not wasting time getting there, more time with loved ones, attracting more businesses to the region and current businesses can seek new markets, all without the need to battle Sydney traffic. Importantly it means more money being returned to our local community through our shareholders Port Stephens Council and Newcastle City Council; we’ve paid $8 million in dividends to the Councils since 2013.

This is however, only the start. The recently released Hunter Regional Plan 2036 confirms the place of Newcastle Airport as a significant piece of regional infrastructure. This high-quality plan has also set the challenge of establishing direct air links between our region and the world. We endorse and accept this challenge, we consider direct international air links to be a sign that as a region we are truly living up to our potential and cementing a bright future for coming generations.

Our plan to realise this potential is to harness the power of the people of the Hunter and Central Coast. We will be working with our airline partners to increase the number of flights to our current destinations, to add direct flights to even more destinations, and of course maintain cheap fares. For our part, we are going to provide better services for you at the Airport, with upgrades to WiFi, new terminal seating that offers device charge points, more car parks with a larger more comfortable courtesy bus, and other enhancements with the aim of making your journey through our terminal an easy and enjoyable experience.

If you continue to choose Newcastle Airport as you did in 2016, or even switch to using your own airport more often, then an increased number of flights and new direct destinations will come. Regarding that prized international destination, ‘bums on seats’ is the language airline executives understand. By flying through your airport, you are sending a message that you cannot be ignored forever. 

We are thankful for, and do not take for granted, the region in which we are located. From Somersby Falls in the south, through to the funky coffee shops in Newcastle, pristine beaches of Port Stephens, and the vines of the Hunter Valley there is something for everybody. The tourism potential of our region is boundless and we are honoured to work with all our partners to unlock this potential. We are also grateful for the support of all levels of government, including our local government shareholders and state government for its continuing support, including financial.

I would also like to thank the RAAF for the continuing productive and supportive way in which they allow us to share their airfield. Without the RAAF there would be no Newcastle Airport.

Finally, I’d like to thank the people of the Hunter and Central Coast. Both those who are our loyal customers and those who have tried us for the first time in 2016 and who are now converts to Newcastle Airport.

We have an exciting year planned and I look forward to welcoming you back to your airport in 2017. 


This article first appeared in the Newcastle Herald, January 14, 2016.
Click HERE to view.

2016 Christmas Appeal-Airport _News

Newcastle Airport's bean counters have been busy collating the results from our Christmas Giving Appeal and it is with gratitude that we say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the 2016 appeal.

Due to our passengers’ generosity and the tireless fundraising efforts of our retailers a total of $5,425 was raised during the four-week Christmas Appeal. The  willingness of our retail partners - including both the spotless and AWPL staff members - to help us raise funds for our charity of choice was so humbling. It was the enthusiasm and support of our business partners that lead to this amazing result.

With coins donated on our terminal collection buckets and through the selling of Christmas baubles that were used to make some very elaborate displays in the departures lounge, these funds will directly benefit families in the Hunter who are going through the rigors of treatment for breast cancer.

The enthusiasm with which our retailers got behind the appeal and the creative ways they designed the baubles really made a festive atmosphere in the departures terminal and highlighted the message behind our appeal.

Since 2010, NAPL has raised more than $225,000 for our charity of choice HBCF with monies raised contributing to, among many other things, comfort cushions, the purchase of a vehicle used for patient transport, and a wig library. All monies donated remains in the Hunter and goes to Locals in need.

The Foundation is unique as they offer support at every stage of the breast cancer treatment journey, either during new diagnosis, during treatment, or post-treatment. The dedicated service helps with practical day-to-day supportive care and physiological support fir those with breast cancer and their families that live in the Hunter region. As a not-for-profit and volunteer-run organisation, every dollar donated to the Foundation is invested into delivering grass-roots supportive care for men, women and families in the Hunter region and Central Coast.

Well done everyone.


    
Find out more at www.hbcf.org.au

Monthly check-in: December 2016-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

108,189

INCREASE


7.4%

December 2016 saw the Airport experience another 100,000-plus month that helped us hit another major milestone of smashing passenger numbers for a calendar year. The blended average total load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for December was 73%


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

1,216,624

INCREASE


5.5%

Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations across the financial year increased 5.5%. A strong start to summer was supported by the additional capacity entering the market in the second half of the year by Virgin Australia, QantasLink, and FlyPelican.

Financial year-on-year comparison



Total passengers (arrivals / departures)









Newcastle the first airport in Australia to trial brand new body scanner-Airport_News


From late November to mid-December 2016 Newcastle Airport will be the trial airport for new body scanning technology. Unlike body scanners you’re probably familiar with that are in other Australian airports—the ones that are a booth and make you raise your arms while a mechanical arm rotates around you—the Quick Personal Security Scanner is open to the surroundings where all you need to do is stand and hold your arms slightly away from your body. The scan takes just seconds to complete.




This new technology will assist in processing passengers with medical conditions that restrict movement and streamline the process for those passengers who volunteer to take part in the trial.


The graphic that the security staff see is a simple outline of a human body; it has no identifying features, meaning there’s no need to worry about your privacy. If the scanner reports an alarm, the location of the object is marked on a generic graphic of the human body. The person will then undergo a standard pat down. Body scanners use millimetre wave technology, not x-ray. The trial is open to any passengers who would like to take part.


FAQs

What are body scanners?

Body scanners are the most advanced passenger screening technology available and can detect a range of sophisticated threats on a person’s body or within their clothing. Body scanners can detect both metallic and non-metallic items, including prohibited items, components of improvised explosive devices and weapons. A new series of body scanner is being trialled by Newcastle Airport to enhance the passenger’s experience with an open, transparent scanning environment, easy to hold body posture (with arms down), and an extremely short scan time. 

How will people be selected for a body scan?

During the trial, the use of the Body Scanner will be voluntary. In most cases this will be customers who require secondary screening ie for medical needs. If a customer identifies themselves as someone with a metallic joint or internal medical device, they will be offered to be screened through the body scanner. Selection will not be based on race, age, or religion.

Is it safe?

The body scanner device poses no health hazard whatsoever. It operates on millimetre wave technology which omits frequencies much less than a mobile phone emission. If the scanner reports an alarm, the location of the object is marked on a generic graphic of the human body-- with no identifying features--preserving your privacy.

What if I can’t go through the scanner for health reasons?

The scanner’s new technology means a passenger is not required to raise their arms or turn around during screening. This makes for a more pleasant experience for those suffering medical conditions or with medical implants that don’t allow them to move easily through existing scanning equipment.

Will children be selected for a body scan?

Participation in the trial is voluntary. There is no age limit.

Join us in our 2016 Christmas Giving Appeal-Airport_News

The terminal is awash with a festive pink at the moment which is in support of our Charity of Choice, the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation. We’ve just launched our annual Christmas Appeal and already the response has been overwhelming!

You too can show your support for the Foundation when you purchase a pink bauble for $2 from any of our retailers. Write your name on it, and we’ll hang it on our Christmas wall in the departures lounge.

In the spirit of giving, every dollar raised through the Christmas Giving Appeal will be donated to the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year’s Christmas Giving Appeal raised almost $5,000 for the Foundation and we are looking forward to eclipsing those efforts this year. But we need your help! For less than the cost of a cup of coffee you could make a real difference to a local man or woman being treated for breast cancer.

The Foundation is unique as all monies raised are used to support women, men and their families of Hunter and Central Coast regions. They offer support at every stage of the journey, either during new diagnosis, during treatment, or post-treatment.
The dedicated service helps with practical day-to-day supportive care and psychological support for those with breast cancer and their families in that live in the Hunter region. As a not-for-profit and volunteer-run organisation, every dollar donated to the Foundation is invested into delivering grass roots supportive care for men, women, and families in the Hunter region and Central Coast.

Find out more at www.hbcf.org.au

Monthly Check in: October 2016 - Airport _News

Total

passengers
for the month

113,970

INCREASE


7%

October 2016 saw the Airport record its best monthly passenger throughput ever. The record-breaking month also helped the Airport hit another major milestone of 1.2 million passengers for a rolling 12 month period. This was helped by FlyPelican commencing services in and out of Coffs Harbour this month. The blended average load factor for the major airlines for October was 80%.
 


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

1,001,507

INCREASE


5%

Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations across the financial year increased 5%. A strong summer forecast is supported by the additional capacity entering the market in the second half of the year by Virgin Australia, QantasLink, and FlyPelican.

Financial year-on-year comparison



Total passengers (arrivals / departures)










Monthly check in: September 2016-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

108,227

INCREASE


8%

Passenger throughput for September 2016 was boosted by increased capacity into the market by QantasLink, Virgin Australia, FlyPelican, and Jetstar; who all recorded year-on-year growth.
The blended-average load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for September was 77.8%


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

887,537

INCREASE


5%

Seat capacity for the first quarter of FY16/17 increased 7.5% when compared with the same period last year. This was fuelled by increased capacity by Jetstar, FlyPelican, QantasLink, and Virgin Australia.
Strong passenger growth for this period was seen on the Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane routes.

Financial year-on-year comparison


Total passengers (arrivals / departures)








Announcements create a positive flow-on effect-Airport_News


Today, Newcastle woke up to two great pieces of news from the NSW Government:

  1. Newcastle has secured the V8 Supercars for five years starting in 2017, and
  2. The Port of Newcastle will receive $12.7 million for a permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility.
These announcements will have a phenomenal impact on our airport passenger throughput and on tourism in our region.

How so?

The V8 Supercars will be a catalyst to showcase the picturesque East End taking in Nobbys Beach, Fort Scratchley and the region to the projected 81,000 visitors for the event and the hundreds of thousands watching from the comfort of their lounge rooms.

The dedicated cruise terminal will strengthen Newcastle as an international cruise destination and secure the long-term future of cruise shipping in the Hunter. Hopefully we will see a return of home porting where ships start and finish their cruise in Newcastle. We saw the success of this in Newcastle in 2010 and 2011 where cruise ship passengers flew into Newcastle from all over the country to join cruises departing Newcastle.

These announcements are exciting for the region; showcasing our region to new tourists and to new markets. The benefit to Newcastle Airport is that we can expect more visitors to fly in to visit and experience the uniqueness of the Hunter.

Monthly check in: August 2016-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

101,245

INCREASE


6%

Passenger throughput for August 2016 was boosted by increased capacity into the market by QantasLink, Virgin Australia and FlyPelican. Each of these airlines recorded year-on-year growth.
A two-month cooperative campaign between Newcastle Airport, Webjet, and local tourism into the Brisbane and Melbourne markets concluded this month.
The blended average load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for August was 74.5% 

Total

passengers for the
year to date (CY)

779,310

INCREASE


4%

Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations across the year has continued to increase.
The additional capacity added to the market by Virgin Australia, QantasLink and FlyPelican has resulted in a 9% increase in seats compared with August 2015.


Calendar year-on-year comparison


Total passengers (arrivals / departures)









The randomiser returns to Newcastle Airport-Airport_News


In May Newcastle Airport was a participant in a trial of a new Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) process . The electronic randomiser for ETD removed the human element from being selected.

The feedback from this trial was overwhelming positive and we are please to announce "It's baaaaaack!"

Our IT team have been hard at work and have developed a Randomiser Application (APP) and this has been installed on a tablet. The passenger taps the screen when directed by the screening officer and a left or right arrow directs the passenger to either the ETD area or to the screening lanes.

As Newcastle Airport conducts front of house Explosive Trace Detection testing we are required to test up to three persons at a time.ETD testing prior to security screening also ensures the quick flow to the screening point for those not selected for testing. The randomiser allows for better passenger control as well as assurance that passengers are not being profiled for ETD selection.

So, have your finger at the ready the next time you fly or farewell a loved one at Newcastle Airport.


Something magical is happening at Newcastle Airport these school holidays-Airport_News


These school holidays there will be magic in the air at Newcastle Airport.

Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday (times below) of the school holidays, passengers departing from Newcastle Airport will enjoy the magic tricks, magic games, and amazing balloon characters of Daisy the Entertainer.

Whether you’re flying out or farewelling a loved one, or if you’re young or old, or young at year, be sure to arrive at the Airport early to enjoy Daisy the Entertainer these September / October school holidays .

Daisy will be performing in the departures lounge on :

  • Thursday 29 September between 12.30pm and 2.30pm 
  • Friday 30 September between 12.30pm and 2.30pm 
  • Saturday 1 October between 11:30am and 1:30pm 
  • Thursday 6 October between 12.30pm and 2.30pm 
  • Friday 7 October between 12.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Saturday 8 October between 11:30am and 1:30pm

Last minute Father's Day gift guide - Airport_News

Father’s Day will be arriving soon on Sunday 4 September.

If you haven’t purchased your gift for dad, don’t panic.  Below we’ve listed our top gifts for dad.

Reading material

Every dad loves a good book.  While e-readers are awesome, they run out of battery at the most unfortunate moments.  This Father’s Day we have a special on at NewsTravels where you can Buy 2 for $30 inside the terminal. You could even give one to Dad and keep one for yourself, we won't tell. Some of the titles included in the promotion are:

  • The Target , by David Baldacci
  • Dark Heart, by Tony Park
  • War Clouds Gather, by Peter Watt

Travel in style

Dad will need something to carry his books in and NewsTravel is offering 30% off High Sierra luggage just in time for Father's Day. They have a great array of backpacks and cases in store so allow extra time before your flight to shop.

Jetsetter

Can’t get to the shops? No problem.  Jump online to either Jetstar or Virgin Australia websites, purchase a gift voucher and give your dad the gift of travel.  No doubt you’ll earn some brownie points along the way too.

Jetstar: https://ssl.jetstar.com/au/en/what-we-offer/gift-vouchers

Virgin Australia: https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/specials-offers/gift-vouchers/purchase-gift-vouchers/

And, don’t forget the card …

 

NewsTravels in the terminal has a wonderful selection of beautiful handcrafted cards.  Be sure to write a special message inside to remind dad just how special he is.
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