Celebrating the best in our industry

Congratulation to the winners of the 2016 AAA Awards


The Australian Airports Association (AAA) National Airport Industry Awards celebrate and honour contributions and achievements made by AAA members each financial year.


2016 Award winners include:

  • Airport Innovation and Excellence (Customer Experience):
    Sydney Airport for their Customer Care Centre
  • Airport Innovation and Excellence (Operations):
    Whitsunday Coast Airport for their AGL Control Wireless Network Augmentation
  • Airport Innovation and Excellence (Commercial):
    Launceston Airport for their Retail Transformation Project
  • Airport Innovation and Excellence (Environmental Management):
    Darwin Airport for Darwin’s Solar Stage 1
  • Airport Innovation and Excellence (Non-Aeronautical Development):
    Brisbane Airport for their DFO Stage 4 Expansion
  • Airport Innovation and Excellence (Technology):
    Adelaide Airport for their Customer Experience at the Heart of Airport Parking
  • Airport Innovation and Excellence (Infrastructure Development):
    Karratha Airport for their Airport Terminal Upgrade
  • Corporate Project of the Year:
    BECA for the Paper, Uniform and Gold Taxiline Slab replacement Project at Melbourne Airport
  • Small Regional Aerodrome of the Year:
    Southern Grampians Shire Council – Hamilton Airport for their Airport Upgrade
  • Large Regional Airport of the Year:
    Albury Airport for their Aviation and Marketing Strategy Plan
  • Major Airport of the Year:
    Launceston Airport for its $3.55 million terminal upgrade
  • Capital City Airport of the Year:
    Perth Airport for its initiatives to significantly enhance the experience for all users and visitors; and its commitment to the local community

Two awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Airport Industry were presented by the AAA Board to Mr Ron Brent, Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and Mr Peter Pallot, General Manager, Sunshine Coast Airport.


Download the 2015 Awards Booklet

Airport of the Year

  • Small Regional Airport (Non-RPT and Non-Certified): Horn Island Airport for the Airport Chapel
  • Large Regional Airport (up to 499,999 passengers): Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport for the Terminal and Airport Development
  • Major Airport: Launceston Airport
  • Capital City Airport: Brisbane Airport

Airport Innovation and Excellence

  • Customer Experience: Canberra Airport for ‘Here to Help’ Campaign
  • Operations: Sydney Airport for the Early Bag Storage and Make-up Expansion
  • Commercial: Darwin International Airport for the Terminal Expansion
  • Environmental Management: Canberra Airport for the Resource Reduction Program
  • Infrastructure Development: Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport for the Runway and Terminal Expansion
  • SITA Technology: Perth Airport for the Xovis Passenger Tracking Technology

Corporate Project of the Year

  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA) for Airport Master Planning

Outstanding Contribution to the Airport Industry Award and AAA Life Membership

  • Dennis Chant, Queensland Airports Limited

Distinguished Service Award

  • Stephen Goodwin for Commitment and Significant Contribution to the AAA and the Wider Airport Community as AAA National Chairman


Download the 2014 Awards Booklet

Airport of the Year

  • Non-RPT Certified Airport: Onslow Airport for the Airport Redevelopment (Stage 1)
  • Regional Airport (less than 50,000 passengers): Tennant Creek Airport for the Runway Resurfacing Project
  • Regional Airport (50,000 to 499,999 passengers): Broome International Airport for the Runway and Terminal Upgrades and Heliport Facility
  • Major Airport: Alice Springs Airport for the Solar Energy Project
  • Captial City Airport: Brisbane Airport

Corporate Project of the Year

  • Less than 30 staff: Aviation Projects for the Busselton Regional Airport Upgrade Project
  • Over 30 staff: Airbiz for the Brisbane Airport Flight Path and Noise Information Booklet

National Airport Safety Awards

  • Regional Airport: Karratha Airport, Safety Event Reporting and Analysis System (SERA)
  • Major Airport: Mike New, Melbourne Airport and Craig Manester, BCS Infrastructure Support

Individual Awards for Airport Excellence

  • Regional Airport: Rob Menzies, Broome International Airport
  • Major Airport: Kate McCreery-Carr, Cairns Airport
  • Capital City Airport: Mark Willey, Brisbane Airport
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Airport Industry: Mike Mrdak, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

SITA Award for Airport Industry Innovation

  • Melbourne Airport for the T2 Departures and Check-in (Stage 3)


Download the 2013 Awards Booklet

Airport of the Year

  • Non-Certified Aerodrome: Exmouth Aerodrome, WA for the Solar Runway Lighting Project and Gannawarra Shire Council for the Cohuna Aerodrome Upgrade Phase 1
  • Non-RPT Certified Airport: Parafield Airport for the Community Engagement Project
  • Regional Airport (less than 50,000 passengers): Portland Airport, Victoria
  • Regional Airport (50,000 to 499,999 passengers): Mildura Airport for the Main Terminal Redevelopment and Wagga Wagga Regional Airport for the Commercial and Recreational Precincts Development
  • Major Airport: Cairns International Airport for the T1 International Improvements Project
  • Capital City Airport: Canberra Airport for the Multi-user Terminal

Corporate Project of the Year

  • Less than 30 staff: The Airport Group for the Brisbane Airport Prescribed Airspace
  • Over 30 staff: Fulton Hogan and GHD for the Cocos Island Airport Resurfacing

Individual Awards for Airport Excellence

  • Non-RPT Certified Airport: Neil Cooper, La Trobe Regional Airport
  • Regional Airport: Peter Aird, District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
  • Capital City Airport: Guy Thompson, Perth Airport
  • Team Award: Landside Infrastructure Team, Adelaide Airport
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Airport Industry: Stephen Byron, Canberra Airport


Airport of the Year

  • Non-Certified Aerodrome: Ballarat Airport for the Major Infrastructure Upgrade
  • Regional Airport: Learmonth Airport for the Introduction of a Heliport Operation
  • Major Airport: Sunshine Coast Airport for the Development of International Aervices Project
  • Capital City Airport: Melbourne Airport for the International (T2) Arrivals and 6th and 7th Carousels Project

Corporate Project of the Year

  • Aerosure Asia Pacific for the Australian and New Zealand Parallel Runways Project

Individual Awards for Airport Excellence

  • Non-RPT Certified Airport: Don Foy, Archerfield Airport and Mick Rye, Moorabbin Airport Regional Airport: Leon Burger, Newman Airport
  • Major Airport: Simon Hatfield, Northern Territory Airports
  • Capital City AirportJim Parashos, Northern Territory Airports


Airport of the Year

  • Non-Certified Aerodrome: Hunter Valley Airport Cessnock for the Hangar Flying Museum
  • Regional Airport (less than 50,000 passengers): Parks Regional Airport for the Reconstruction of the Main Runway 04/22 Project
  • Regional Airport (50,000 to 499,999 passengers): Gladstone Airport for the Airport Upgrade Project
  • Major Airport: Newcastle Airport for the Airport Schools Program and Shine Coast Airport for their Terminal Redevelopment Project
  • Capital City Airport: Adelaide Airport for the Runways and Taxiways Overlay Project

Corporate Project of the Year

  • Airbiz Aviation Strategies for the Qantas Next Generation Check-In Project

Executive of the Year

  • Regional or Remote Airport: Grant Drummond, General Manager Operations, Ceduna Airport
  • Capital City or Major AirportMatthew Brown, Head of Aviation, Canberra Airport
  • Aviation Personality of the Year: Phil Baker, Former Managing Director, Adelaide Airport and Michael Dubois, Business Manager Business and Economic Development, Tamworth Airport