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Darwin Airport awarded for Terminal Expansion Project

Winner: Airport Innovation and Excellence Award (Commercial category)

Darwin International Airport (DIA) took home an Airport Innovation and Excellence Award at last night’s National Airport Industry Awards. Presented by the Australian Airports Association (AAA), which represents more than 260 airports and aerodromes across the country, the awards recognise excellence within Australia’s airport industry.

DIA won the Commercial category for its expanded terminal, which was opened by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier this year. The major project added 16,000 square metres of space and delivered a far greater choice for passengers, thanks to the collaborative approach by DIA and its airline and retail partners.

NT Airports CEO Ian Kew was in Hobart to collect the award, and said it was an honour to be recognised.

“Our terminal expansion is one of the biggest projects we’ve ever taken on, and it’s providing great things for our passengers with more space, greater efficiency and a better retail choice when it comes to shopping and eating,” he said. “We have delivered the infrastructure our partners need to grow their businesses in the Top End, and they in turn have made long-term commitments to the region with investments in new facilities.

“It’s wonderful to have my team’s hard work and relationship-building skills acknowledged in this way. These awards demonstrate the value of working with stakeholders, and devoting energy to forward-thinking projects that have benefits for our airport and our community,” he said.

“Congratulations to all of our aviation industry peers who took home prizes last night.”

The judging panel praised DIA’s achievements, saying the contemporary approaches to contract and construction management were the “stand out features” of the project. It also made special mention of how the airport overcame the engineering challenges involved in expanding “the long, narrow terminal… while maintaining normal 24/7 airport operations.”

NT Airports CEO Ian Kew (second from right), pictured in Hobart with all of the AAA National Airport Industry Awards winners.