Given the ongoing case numbers, lockdowns and border closures resulting from the Delta Strain of COVID-19, the AAA has made the regrettable decision not to hold National Conference 2021 – Ready to Reconnect in Sydney in November.

The AAA team has been working incredibly hard on producing an engaging, educational and insightful National Conference for you all to enjoy for more than a year which made this decision all the more difficult.  We had secured more than 25 Conference partners and more than 45 exhibitors with delegate registrations tracking well. Without this latest outbreak it was on track to be a highly attended and successful event.

I know each and every one of you was looking forward to the National Conference, learning something new and catching up with one another after such a long time apart.

But I can assure you, we will all get the opportunity to get together again soon!

I know many of you have taken the time to nominate your airport or corporate project in the AAA National Airport Industry Awards which were due to be announced at the National Conference. I can confirm that the Awards, and your hard work and great projects, will still be acknowledged.  The AAA is currently working on a way to celebrate these awards and will be able to provide more details soon. If you haven’t submitted your application, there is still time with nominations closing 5pm AEST Friday 27th August 2021.

The popular Women in Airports Forum will also still go ahead in 2021 – as a hybrid, digital and in-person event with members gathering in their individual states/territories to ensure vital networking opportunities can continue and we will be able to provide you with further information soon.

The AAA already had plans to host the OPS SWAP Forum in May 2022 and we will continue to work towards hosting this event in-person, but we will now look to host OPS SWAP on a larger scale. We will look to include space for exhibitors, more technical content and professional development and networking opportunities.

The AAA is still in the very early stages of planning this event and we will continue to update you as we progress. If you are keen to partner with the AAA for this event or are interested in exhibiting, please contact Senior Manager – Events & Partnerships Erin Livingston by email at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support of the AAA. I hope you can understand why these decisions had to be made and I look forward to sharing more details with you soon about the great events to be held in place of the larger annual National Conference.

James Goodwin
Chief Executive
Australian Airports Association