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Sydney Airport named capital city airport of the year for 2017

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 17, 2017

An aerial image of Sydney Airport. (Sydney Airport)
An aerial image of Sydney Airport. (Sydney Airport)

Sydney Airport has taken out the capital city airport of the year award at the Australian Airports Association (AAA) national conference.

It was a case of triple celebrations for Sydney Airport, with its outgoing chief executive Kerrie Mather given an outstanding contribution to the airport industry award in recognition of her years of service to the sector.

And Sydney Airport’s integrated operations centre took out the Airport Innovation and Excellence (Operations) award.

Sydney Airport representatives with their trophies. (Sydney Airport/Twitter)
Sydney Airport representatives with their trophies. (Sydney Airport/Twitter)

“It’s a huge honour for Sydney Airport to be recognised as the Australian airport of the year by our industry peers,” Mather said in a statement.

Australian Airports Association (AAA) chief executive Caroline Wilkie said Mather had been a “transformative influence” on the Australian aviation sector during a time of significant growth and change.

Brisbane Airport too walked away with a trio of trophies, winning an Airport Innovation and Excellence award in the customer experience, infrastructure development and technology categories.

Others to be recognised at the AAA national conference dinner in Adelaide on Wednesday night included Aviation Projects, which won the Corporate Project of the Year award for its work on optimising the airspace at Archerfield Airport that enabled higher performance aircraft to safely and efficiently operate to and from the airport.


“We are very proud to have assisted Archerfield Airport in developing an innovative solution to ensure the airport’s efficient operation,” Aviation Projects managing director Keith Tonkin said in a statement.

Following the project, category C aircraft are now able to operate to and from Archerfield Airport under instrument meteorological conditions, 24 hours per day.

“The project will support current and future operations and will positively influence the airport’s sustainability and drive improved economic performance,” Archerfield Airport general manager Heather Mattes said.


“Aviation Projects helped us achieve our strategic goals through their expertise and 360-degree approach to aviation and we look forward to an exciting new chapter of growth at Archerfield Airport.”

And away from the big cities, Launcheston Airport was named major airport of the year,, Tennant Creek Airport took out the small regional airport of the year award and Bendigo Regional Airport was named small regional aerodrome of the year.

Full list of awards
  • Capital City Airport of the Year – Sydney Airport
  • Major Airport of the Year – Launceston Airport
  • Large Regional Airport of the Year – Coffs Harbour Regional Airport
  • Small Regional Airport of the Year – Tennant Creek Airport
  • Regional Aerodrome of the Year – Bendigo Regional Airport
  • Corporate Project of the Year – Aviation Projects for its airspace optimisation project at Archerfield Airport
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Customer Experience) – Brisbane Airport for its ‘Access for All’ program, airport care team
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Commercial) – Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport (previously known as Brisbane West Wellcamp) for its handling of cargo operations
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Environmental Management – Major Airport) – Melbourne Airport for its ecology + Heritage Web Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Application
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Environmental Management – Regional) – Mt Isa Airport for its solar array and ground transport enhancement project
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Infrastructure Development) – Brisbane Airport for its main runway overlay and aeronautical ground lighting upgrade
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Non-Aeronautical Development) – Darwin Airport for its Wirraway Business Centre
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Operations – Major Airport) – Sydney Airport for its integrated operations centre
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Operations – Regional) – Dubbo City Regional Airport, Orange Airport, Parkes Airport and Scone Airport for their aerodrome reporting officer’s network forum. Highly Commended: Christmas Island International Airport for its national parks endangered lizard feeding program
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Technology – Major Airport) – Brisbane Airport for its TrackerAIRSIDE mobile app for airfield operations officers
  • Airport Innovation & Excellence (Technology – Regional) – Dubbo Airport and Whitsunday Coast Airport for their combined efforts on the development of a performance-based airport asphalt specification
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Airport Industry – Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather

Comments (4)

  • Marcus


    Yay Coffs Harbour!!!

  • Isaac


    *WA crying in the distance

  • Onlooker


    I wonder which planet the judges came from. Sydney airport is a disgrace to anyone flying in, especially those from overseas.

  • Patrick


    Sydney is the worst airport for domestic/international transfers though. Having to take a bus to get to the other side… they copied Heathrow’s poor design. Best for Dom/Int Transfers: Melbourne, no doubt. And Perth should get a mention (if flying Virgin domestically)

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