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.

Financial year-on-year comparison



Total passengers (arrivals / departures)









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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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. 

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)










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


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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.


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: http://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.

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

Live music at Broughton and Bay-Airport_News

 

Newcastle Airport is set to come alive during August with live music in the departures lounge throughout August.

Joel Oakhill will be performing every Friday from 4.30pm at Broughton & Bay. Joel has a music career spanning more than 20 years and has played with some of the greats including Jon English, Brian Cadd in the Classic rock scene. Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey and also supported Keith Urban and the Ranch.

Forming his own Blues Rock band ‘Bluezone’ they won several ‘Chain’ awards including best album. With diverse musical tastes, Joel can draw from all of his influences and deliver to any audience.

Join us Friday afternoons for the 'Friday Shout' and hear Joel play an electic mix of accoustic tunes.

Monthly check in: July 2016-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

106,103

INCREASE


2%

Passenger throughput for July 2016 was boosted by school holidays and the commencement of direct Dubbo services by FlyPelican on Monday 18 July. Virgin Australia, QantasLink, and FlyPelican all recorded year-on-year growth. The blended average load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for July was 76%


Total

passengers for the
calendar year to date 

678,065

INCREASE


4%

Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations across the calendar year increased 4%. A strong first quarter was supported by  additional capacity entering the market by Virgin Australia and QantasLink. FlyPelican has continued to be a strong performer adding 56% more seats compared with July last year.

Calendar year-on-year comparison


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Monthly check in: June 2016-Airport_News

Total

passengers
for the month

92,483

INCREASE


1%

June 2016 performed slightly stronger than the same time last year. This is a result of increased capacity being introduced into the market in June last year. The blended average load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for June was 71%


Total

passengers for the
year to date (FY)

1,179,630

INCREASE


3%

Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations across the financial year increased 3%. A strong 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)









Win a $5000 helloworld travel voucher-Airport_News



Newcastle Airport and helloworld Hunter Travel Group are giving you the chance to win a $5,000 helloworld travel voucher and fly somewhere warm this winter.

To enter spend over $15 in departures or $10 in arrivals between 11 July 2016 and 31 August 2016 and receive your unique entry code.
Enter the code at www.newcastleairport.com.au/winter16 and you are in the draw.

The competition closes on 31 August 2016 and the winner will be announced on Monday 5 September 2016.

Your unique code can only be used once, but you will receive a new code everytime you make a qualifying purchase at Newcastle Airport at any of these retailers:

  • News Travels 
  • Red Rooster 
  • Hunter & King Coffee Co 
  • Epicure Kitchen Cafe 
  • Cibo Café 
  • Broughton & Bay 

Aerosols and airport security-Airport_news

Given the amount of aerosol cans that are surrendered at the security screening point each week, and the frustration we see when some aerosols are taken and not others, we’d shed some more light on why this is.

The Civil Aviation Safety Legislation classifies some aerosols as ‘dangerous goods’. In short, you can take your ‘medicinal or toiletry’ aerosol cans, such as hair sprays, cologne, deodorants, shaving foam, personal disinfectant, etc in your hand luggage. But there are some limitations.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority states: “Release valves on these aerosols must be protected by a cap or other means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents”.  This means your aerosol needs to have a lid, or a locking device to stop it from accidently spraying during the flight. 

If your aerosol is for ‘sporting or home use’, such as air fresheners, fly spray etc, you can take it with you, but must be checked in.Here’s more detail and explanation about personal aerosols and toiletries


Monthly check in: May 2016-Airport_News

Total passengers for the month: 96,225

up 3%


Historically a slow travel month, passenger volumes for May 2016 were higher than May 2015. This increase was led by Virgin Australia who increased seat availability compared with May 2015 and by the introduction of FlyPelican who wasn’t in market last year. The blended average load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for May was 77%





Total passengers for the year to date (FY): 1,087,147

up 3%


Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations increased 3%. Additional seats added into the market during the year by Virgin Australia, QantasLink, and FlyPelican have assisted in the year-on-year total passenger growth.QantasLink, and FlyPelican have assisted in the year-to-date total passenger growth.












What is happening on the runway at Newcastle Airport?-Airport_News



You may have noticed on your flight out of Newcastle Airport there is a lot of work going on at the north end of the runway.

RAAF is currently working on a project called the New Air Combat Capability (known as the NACC). The NACC project is to extend the runway at both ends in readiness for the new Joint Strike Fighters (F35) that arrives into the RAAF fleet from 2018.

The runway is being extended by 335 meters (1,100 foot) to south east (RWY 30) and 275 meters (900 foot) to north west (RWY 12). When finished, the runway length will be 3,048 metres (10 000 foot).

It’s not just the runway that’s being changed. All accompanying parts of the runway, such as the airfield lighting and approach lighting, are being changed and upgraded to work in with the extensions.

It is anticipated the works will be completed by mid-2018.

So, while Newcastle Airport doesn’t manage the runway, this is the sole responsibility of the RAAF, the flights into and out of Newcastle Airport do offer a pretty great view of the works that are underway.

Happy 1st birthday FlyPelican_Airport-News

Happy first birthday FlyPelican!

It was 1 June, 2015 when FlyPelican flew its inaugural flight between Newcastle Airport and Canberra. 

Now, one year on, FlyPelican has direct services that fly to Sydney, Mudgee, Ballina, Canberra and from July 2016 Dubbo.

As a first birthday is a big deal, we’re celebrating with FlyPelican and the NXFM Breakfast team Nick and Sophie who’ll be broadcasting live from Newcastle Airport and, in what we believe to be a world-first, will also be broadcasting part of the show from a FlyPelican aircraft, on Friday 10 June.
Listeners will have a chance to win their way onto a scenic flight with FlyPelican and the chance to participate in the live broadcast. For more information go to nxfm.com.au.

From Newcastle Airport, Happy Birthday FlyPelican!!!!

Happy 12th Birthday Jetstar-airport_news



It is hard to believe it has been 12 years since Jetstar first took to the skies.

Departing for Melbourne on the 25 May 2004 at 6am Newcastle Airport was thrilled to host Jetstar's very first flight.

Jetstar now flies regularly to and from Newcastle Airport to Brisbane, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast.

Happy Birthday Jetstar!




Monthly check in: April 2016-airport_news

Total passengers for the month: 95,260

up 2.5%


Passenger figures for April were slightly higher than April last year; this is encouraging as Easter fell in April in 2015 but in March 2016. The increase for March/April combined was 5.4% compared with the same period in 2015. The blended average load factor for the major airlines at Newcastle Airport for April was 81%





Total passengers for the year to date (FY): 990,912

up 3%


Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations remains steady.
Additional seats added into the market by Virgin Australia, QantasLink, and FlyPelican have assisted in the year-to-date total passenger growth.













Newcastle Airport features on Eat, Play and Stay-Airport_News



With thanks to our partners at Destination Port Stephens, Newcastle Airport recently featured on Foxtel's Eat, Play and Stay.
You can watch the video below.



Newcastle Airport with HMRI celebrates Medical Research Week-Airport_News



In partnership with our community, Newcastle Airport is supporting and showcasing the work of Hunter Medical Research Institute’s (HMRI) researchers in our departure lounge through ‘The Lens Art’ exhibition. The exhibition, prominently displayed as you enter the lounge, will be on show in the lead up to Medical Research Week, 6 – 12 June 2016.

The exhibition features vibrant and fascinating photographs and photo-media works which have all been captured through the lenses of microscopes, cameras, and scientific equipment of HMRI’s researchers.

Bringing to life this part of the departure lounge, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of the great work our very own locally-based world-leading researchers undertake at HMRI.

HMRI is a world-class institute with 1,500 researchers, students, and staff striving to prevent, treat, and defeat a multitude of serious illnesses, with a focus on:

  • Brain and mental health
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pregnancy and reproduction
  • Viruses, infections/immunity, vaccines and asthma
  • Information-based medicine, and
  • Public health
 
HMRI relies on government funding and philanthropic donations to support research projects. Find out more about HMRI here. HMRI.org.au

Newcastle Airport trials new Explosive Trace Detection-Airport_News

Do you think that you’re always selected for explosive testing?



From mid-May we’re taking part in an Australian multi-airport trial of a new Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) process. We’ve introduced an electronic randomiser for ETD which removes the human element from you being selected. The randomiser is located before you enter the security screening point. This means that if you are selected for ETD you can then be fast-tracked to the front of a screening lane to counteract any inconvenience and/or time lost with being selected for testing.

ETD testing prior to security screening also ensures the quick flow to the screening point for those not selected for ETD testing.

We will continue to do ETD testing in batches. This means that once a passenger has been selected, the next two people in line will also be tested.

The randomiser gives you a 50% chance of being selected for ETD testing.

More information about ETD can be found here

See our ETD Randomiser in action.
 

Our new ETD Randomiser in action as part of a one month trial #NTLairport #newcastlensw #travel

A video posted by Newcastle Airport (@ntlairport) on

Roads works at Newcastle Airport-Airport_News

From mid-May Newcastle Airport will be doing some essential maintenance works to its roadways and undertaking repairs to Bronze Car Park and Kindler Way.

This means that from 14 May detours and reduced traffic flows will be in place on Williamtown Drive and will continue until early June.

Passengers and transport are advised that travel to and from Newcastle Airport may incur some delays and it is recommended that additional travel time is allowed for to access the Airport.

Traffic control will be in place along Kindler Way to ensure access for rental cars.

Newcastle Airport is committed to the continual development of the Airport to ensure the best travel experience and to meet the growing needs of our region.



National Volunteers Week 2016- Airport_News


May 9 to 15 is National Volunteers Week.

At Newcastle Airport our volunteer ambassadors generously give their time to assist passengers and all who visit Newcastle Airport. A big thank you from the management, staff and all who travel through Newcastle Airport.

More information on National Volunteers Week can be found on their website.
 

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Monthly check in: February 2016 - Airport_News

 

Total passengers for the month: 89,926

up 12.0%


February 2016 was the strongest February in five years. Increased capacity and strong load factors resulted in a passenger numbers increase of 12% compared with February 2015. Of particular note was double-digit percentage growth in seat capacity on the Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sydney services.



Total passengers for the year to date (FY): 793,783

up 2.7%


Year-on-year performance for all airlines and all destinations shows slight growth on last year. Additional seats added into the market by Virgin Australia, QantasLink, and FlyPelican have assisted in the year-to-date total passenger growth.







For further detail see media release: Newcastle Airport passengers at five-year high.

The Surfest champions have been crowned - Airport_News

The Surfest 2016 finals were held in front of record crowds in some of the best conditions of the event at Merewether Beach this year.

 

Newcastle’s only annual international sporting event, Surfest brings more than 790 surfers to Newcastle from around Australia and the world.

Newcastle Airport is proud to have supported Surfest for more than a decade, facilitating the influx of surfers, fans, supporters, and bringing an economic benefit of up to $2 million each year to our region.

This year, we sent Instagram sensation @SjanaElise along to document the Surfest action on our behalf. Sjana is a local girl who uses Newcastle Airport to travel the world.

 

 

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Many of the champion surfers also travel through Newcastle Airport to get to Surfest and surfing events at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.

The 2016 champions are World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour competitors Matt Wilkinson and Sally Fitzgibbons.

Fitzgibbons’ win was no mean feat, surfing her way through heats full of world-class competitors, Fitzgibbons eventually met six-time World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, in the 35 minute final.

Fitzgibbons managed final score of 14.73 with a display of smooth and powerful rail surfing. Gilmore was left chasing a single wave score of 8.56 but she which she was never able to achieve.

“This is so good – such a great start the year,” Fitzgibbons said. “Having a win early in the year is awesome for confidence and momentum going into the CT season. The best thing has been competing at this event. Competing in these regional areas is so great with all the support and energy shown from the local community there’s just nothing better.

“I’ve been coming to Newcastle for years now and it really does feel like a home away from home I’ve had a blast all week as well as preparing for Snapper (the next competition in the WSL Tour).”

Men’s champion, Matt Wilkinson, faced Italian sensation Leonardo Fioravanti in the final. Wilkinson surfed the right hand walls with massive vertical backhand re-entries to post two excellent range scores, an 8.83 and a 9.00 to take his first victory in longer than he can remember.

 

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“I’m so stoked, I didn’t really realise how long it had been since I had won something,” Wilkinson said. “I’ve had a few seconds and thirds but it definitely feels good to be on top. Newcastle is so great I’ve been coming up here for years and have a good group of friends here do I always feel comfortable here.”

Source: surfest.com
Hero imagery by Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

 

More surfboards than suitcases this February - Airport_News

When surfboards are as common in the airport as suitcases it usually means one thing: it’s Surfest time in Newcastle. Surfest is Australia’s largest surfing festival and the only annual, international sporting event in Newcastle.

Held at Merewether Beach, Surfest is the ultimate celebration of our city, people, and unique beach culture. It’s an event that attracts hundreds of surfers from two dozen countries who draw in leagues of people to cheer them on. The atmosphere is electric and the sporting feats amaze – you don’t need to be a surfer to appreciate how awesome these athletes are.

If you can’t make it to the beach, we’ll bring the beach to you. Our girl-on-the-ground at this year’s Surfest event is Sjana Earp, who some of you may know as @sjanaelise on Instagram.

Sjana is a local Newcastle girl who is into yoga, health, and fitness; and really is the quintessential  beach beauty. Sjana is a photographer and globetrotter who has an all-access pass to show you behind the scenes at this year’s Surfest event. Follow our Instagram account: @NTLairport to see Surfest from a new perspective. 

There's no place like home.

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This year sees Surfest as the first stop on the World Surf League’s Australasian leg of the international men’s and women’s professional surfing tour calendar. The Surfest men’s and women’s pro events will attract over 200 surfers from countries including Australia, the United States, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Tahiti, New Zealand, France, and western Europe.

Newcastle Airport has supported this event for more than ten years and each year is excited to be involved. Professional and amateur surfers use Newcastle Airport as their gateway to our region's surfing hotspots. Many fly from around Australia, while others fly from overseas, hubbing through Melbourne or Brisbane before touching down in Newcastle. Surfest attracts the crème de la crème of Surfing professionals with world champions Joel Parkinson, Stephanie Gilmore, Adriano De Souza, Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Layne Beachley, and 
Pam Burridge all surfing in the event throughout the years.


Hero image: Michael Dunphy surfs at Merewether in 2015, image via www.throwingbuckets.com.au


Airport community unites for charity appeal - Airport_news

During December, the businesses at Newcastle Airport and our travelling public showed how the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Our first ever Christmas Giving Appeal a total of $4,669 was collected during the four-week Appeal and was today donated to Newcastle Airport’s Charity of Choice, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

Newcastle Airport’s food and beverage and retail business partners supported the Christmas Giving Appeal by selling hot pink baubles for $2 with any purchase.  The baubles were then hung in the departures lounge and became part of the terminal’s Christmas decorations.

“The generosity and willingness of our retail partners to help us raise funds for our Charity of Choice was so humbling,” said Newcastle Airport’s CEO, Dr Peter Cock.  

“We provided the avenue for the funds to be raised but, it was the enthusiasm and support of our business partners that lead to this amazing result.”

The outpouring of generosity of our community to support the Christmas Giving Appeal took us completely by surprise.

“We didn’t expect such a positive response to the Appeal. In fact, the response was so overwhelming that we sold out of the initial batch of baubles in less than 24-hours! We won’t make that mistake again,” laughed Peter.

“Each day during the Appeal I’d have relayed to me many stories that had been shared with our retail team about how breast cancer had touched their life or the life of someone close to them.

“There were many donations of $20, $30, and even $50 made for the $2 baubles. From the bottom of my heart I thank our community for your generosity,” Peter concluded.

Newcastle Airport thanks its business partners who helped deliver the Appeal: Cibo, Red Rooster, Epicure Kitchen Café, Hunter & King Coffee Co, Broughton & Bay (all managed by Spotless) and NewsTravels (managed by AWPL). 

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