The vision for Newcastle Airport - Airport_News



On Friday I had the privilege of participating in the official opening of the $14.5 million Newcastle Airport terminal expansion and redevelopment project, which was majority funded by the NSW Government’s Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund. 

The change in the physical building is remarkable. The building has increased in size by 50 per cent, light fills every public space in the terminal, and our customers now have the choice of six quality food and beverage outlets that provide a variety of offerings, which include many local products. In addition, these new outlets employ more than 50 staff.

We now have an airport that complements the spirit of our region - bright, modern, and ready for the future.  Our region now has an airport it deserves.

To unveil to our region the stunning finished product, which was the long-term vision of my predecessor, allows Newcastle Airport to achieve its next phase of growth.

My vision for our airport is to provide better connectivity, to work with our community, and provide a quality customer experience.

Recent announcements by local airlines showing they’re operating in the black combined with lower overhead costs - such as the price of oil being the lowest it’s been in five years - means the airlines are currently in a sweet-spot. These lower overhead costs combined with increased capacity in airline fleets are timed perfectly with the opening of our terminal; this gives us the ability to take on more services we couldn’t have previously.

Newcastle Airport has a catchment boundary of the Central Coast to the south, the Upper Hunter to the west, and Port Macquarie to the north. In total this is approximately 1.2 million people.

Hailing from Perth, I see the potential this airport has. Perth Airport has a catchment of 2.5 million people. This catchment sustains a significant number of direct international and domestic services. 

While Newcastle is different to Perth, in that our catchment has a choice to use Sydney Airport, it is my vision to convert the number of people who don’t use our airport to become Newcastle Airport passengers.  If Perth can sustain a slew of international and domestic services, there’s no reason why Newcastle can’t.

Having worked in the aviation industry for more than a decade, I am well aware that new services aren’t simply a light-switch that can be turned on. Just because we have a new terminal doesn’t necessarily mean that we will get new services. I’m working with my team to actively engage with airlines with the end goal of providing our region the services you have been long-demanding.

It is becoming difficult for the airlines to dismiss our region. The fact that Williamtown is becoming a real aerospace hub: on the other side of the runway to us is RAAF Base Williamtown which is currently undergoing $1 billion in upgrades; on our airport site we have the Jetstar heavy maintenance facility, BAE; and adjacent to us is Lockheed Martin and the Mercure Newcastle Airport.

Newcastle Airport recently recorded its best July on record, this shows that our market continues to love flying and our region continues to attract visitors to our wonderful and diverse tourism products. Being new to Newcastle I am one of those people that “never knew” how great this region is.

I am convinced that our region has the opportunity to provide not only one of the best tourism experiences in New South Wales but one of the best tourism experiences in Australia. I truly believe that is something we can capitalise on when attracting the domestic and international markets.

The Newcastle Airport you will experience today really sets the benchmark for regional aviation in terms of design, build, and customer service. The building we have today has been the work of local architects and local builders who have provided jobs for our region and the end result is connectivity for our region to the rest of Australia and beyond.  

Image | Newcastle Airport CEO Peter Cock and Chairman Peter Gesling at the unveiling of the $14.5 million Newcastle Airport terminal expansion.

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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.

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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