Passenger numbers at Queensland Airports Limited’s four ports rose 3.2 per cent in September as holidaymakers made the most of the spring break.
More than 718,250 passengers passed through QAL’s four airports in September this year, representing a 3.2 per cent rise on the previous corresponding period.
The owner and operator of Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports is supporting a move to make air travel more affordable for regional Queenslanders – offering a reduction in airport charges for passengers flying on a Regional Express (Rex) community fare.
A total of 763,845 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports during July 2019, representing the strongest July ever for the group and the fourth strongest month on record.
Passenger numbers for the company’s largest port, Gold Coast Airport, rose 1.7 per cent during the month, as visitors made the most of the winter holidays.
More than 8.3 million passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in the 12 months to July.
While down overall on the previous financial year, Queensland Airports reported growth in passenger numbers across all four airports in May and June 2019, a positive indicator for the year ahead.
Accomplished airport operator Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has secured financing for the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment, with $100 million of the funds in the form of sustainability-linked loans.
The loans from Commonwealth Bank and Westpac – based on carbon accreditation through the Airports Council International program and a reduction in carbon emissions – are the first of their kind to be taken out by an Australian airport.
QAL CFO Amelia Evans said the business was committed to strengthening its performance in the area of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) – and obtaining sustainability-linked loans were another step towards that.
A total of 632,689 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in May 2019.
This represents a 0.8 per cent rise in numbers for the group, with all four ports recording growth for the first time this year.
Queensland Airports Limited has been named a finalist in this year’s Australian HR Awards, confirming the organisation’s focus on creating relevant and meaningful initiatives for its workforce.
Joining an elite list of some of the nation’s biggest and most well-known companies, QAL is the only airport and one of only a handful of Gold Coast-based companies to be included on the HR Awards finalist list this year.
QAL Chief Financial Officer Amelia Evans said she was delighted about the company being named as a finalist, particularly at such an exciting and important time for the group.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the Hays Australian HR Team of the Year in the under 1000 employees category,” she said.
“Everything we do is about ensuring we do our best to meet our team’s needs through relevant and meaningful initiatives. This will, in turn, benefit the whole business.
“We focus on talent and development programs that enable our employees to step up in line with our strategic priorities, something that is exciting at this point in time when we are embarking on major capital development programs at Gold Coast and Townsville airports.
“Now, more than ever, we need to ensure we have the right team with the right capabilities in place and are meeting their needs through innovative and meaningful initiatives and policies.”
Congratulating the company’s People and Culture team, Ms Evans said the team had met the criteria for the HR Team of the Year (? 1000 Employees) category through the strategic creation and implementation of a wide range of initiatives – constantly creating a better workplace at QAL.
“With a highly engaged workforce comprising a multitude of diversity including four generations, the P&C team are focussed on enhancing the capability of our teams who want and need different things,” she said.
“There is a direct link to factors like employee retention and attraction rates by being an employer of choice.”
Ms Evans said she was particularly pleased considering it was the first time the company had entered the awards.
Some of the key initiatives rolled out and delivered by the P&C team this year include:
The winners of each category in the Australian HR Awards 2019 will be announced at a gala ceremony at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on September 6.
More than 718,200 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in April 2019 – which was slightly below the year before.
The figures show growth in Townsville and Mount Isa.
Experienced business executive and non-executive Chairman and director John O’Neill AO has been appointed Chairman of the Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) board following a national search.
Mr O’Neill said it was an exciting time to join the company, which was at the beginning of a crucial delivery phase – with an extensive capital program underway.
“A significant terminal expansion is now being delivered on the Gold Coast, and project plans are being reviewed for Townsville Airport. These major projects are focused on addressing capacity issues, preparing for future growth and improving the customer experience,” he said.
“The first airport hotel is also well underway on the Gold Coast, which is an important milestone in the development of the precinct and will boost accommodation at the southern end of the city.
“About 8.5 million people are welcomed through QAL’s four airports into destinations across Queensland and northern NSW each year. These airports are the gateways to the destinations and their success is critical to the tourism industry.”
Mr O’Neill has been Chairman of The Star Entertainment Group since 2012 and has an intimate knowledge of the tourism sector and a strong connection to Queensland after years of experience working in the industry and for companies with a focus on the state.
From 1987 until 2012, Mr O’Neill held chief executive roles at The State Bank of NSW, The Australian Rugby Union and The Football Federation of Australia. He has also been a non-executive Director on other public company boards, including Tabcorp Limited.
QAL CEO Chris Mills welcomed Mr O’Neill’s appointment, saying the new Chairman was coming on board during an exciting and critical time for the company.
“I’m looking forward to working with John as we enhance the passenger experience and create more connections to our airports over the coming years,” he said.
“John’s knowledge and experience means QAL will remain in good hands as we deliver our major capital projects.”
The QAL Board recognised the contribution of Nigel Chamier, who acted as interim Chairman while a search was undertaken for a new Chairman. Mr Chamier will step down on 30 June after serving on the QAL board for more than five years.
More than 651,200 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in March 2019.
This represents a 7.6 per cent downturn for the group, with fewer passengers at Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports reflective of a declining trend in passenger numbers across Australia and ongoing capacity constraints by the airlines.