Regional Aviation and Aiports: opportunities and challenges

Regional aviation and regional airports, have their own challenges and opportunities, how is this impacting on regional development in your area? Regional Aviation has a long history and is celebrated in country towns in memorials and museums.

Airtravel has always been seen as a necessity in such a large country of Australia. Aviation pioneers  like Bert Hinkler, born in Bundaberg and recognised in the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame in Wagga Wagga started the regional aviation tradition. Bert Hinkler designed and built early aircraft before being the first person to fly solo from England to Australia, and sadly dying in Italy during a solo flight on another record setting voyage.

Australia’s only working model of the Wright A Model Flyer, stored at Narromine’s aviation museum. The Narromine Council has finalised its commitment to the expansion of a local aviation museum. Read More

Air passenger travel has become safer and more affordable and growing. There are over 55 million domestic flights in Australia and growing each year (Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics report).

The challenges facing regional aviation and airports is extensive: retaining skilled aviation staff; funding for refurbishment; regional airline profitability; access to major airports;  regional airport security; airplane replacement funding; risk and safety; airport noise; environmental and carbon tax; red tape. The list goes on….

There has been some progress. Some airports like Dubbo are receiving funding, like $40 million towards airport security upgrades. There are incentives for training for aviation, under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives program, rural and regional employers who take on an apprentice in an area on the National Skills Needs List may be eligible for a payment of $1000. Also Rex regional airlines has highest profit of any Australian airline in the last financial year.

There have been some in-roads into improving regional airports and aviation. But is this progress enough for regional Australia to support sustainable growth that is required for Australia’s future. Are regional Australia getting a fair deal in term of access to affordable flights?

How are regional airlines and airports representing both a challenges and an opportunity for regional development. What are the Commonwealth plans for funding regional airports?

Australian Regional Development Conference will feature keynote presentations on infrastructure and transport.

Call for papers – do you want to speak on regional aviation and regional airports at this conference?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Albury Airport, Regional Aviation

Albury Airport, Regional Aviation

Come and join us at the Albury conference. Albury Airport is owned and operated by AlburyCity and is located just 5km from the Albury business district. It’s the third busiest airport in Regional NSW, with more than 300,000 passengers passing through the terminal each year and over 200 flights a week in and out of the city. Rex, Virgin and Qantas operate direct flights from Sydney and Rex also flys directly from Melbourne.

 

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au