Airport of the Year for Alice Springs and Tennant Creek

Alice Springs Airport (ASA) was named Major Airport of the Year at last night’s National Airport Industry Awards. Tennant Creek Airport (TCA) took home the award for Regional Airport of the Year (less than 50,000 passengers). NT Airports CEO Ian Kew was the recipient of a Chairman’s Award, which celebrates individuals that have made a significant contribution to the Association or to the wider industry.

Presented by the Australian Airport Association (AAA), which represents more than 260 airports and aerodromes across the country, the awards recognise excellence within Australia’s airport industry.

ASA won for its innovative solar energy project, which doubled the airport’s capacity to generate its own power from the sun. TCA was awarded for the resurfacing of its runway, taxiways and apron; a major project that has assured the community’s air access for the next 20 years.

General Manager Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports Dave Batic said he was thrilled with the wins.

“These awards demonstrate the value of investing in forward-thinking projects that have benefits for our airports and our community,” he said. “It’s wonderful to have my team’s hard work acknowledged in this way.

“Congratulations to all airports and industry partners who took home prizes last night.”

The judging panel praised ASA’s achievements, saying it “found this project to be innovative and a great use of available resources.” It also commended the way the airport “strived to minimise an airport’s environmental footprint in a way that is energy efficient and cost effective.”

Regarding the resurfacing project in Tennant Creek, the judging panel were “incredibly impressed” with the way TCA dealt with the practical difficulty of the project given the location, and that it was able to deliver the project on time and on budget.

General Manager Dave Batic and Manager Operations Simon Hatfield