Tennant Creek Airport lands a major award at national industry awards

This week, Tennant Creek Airport was awarded the (Small) Regional Airport of the Year Award at the prestigious Australian Airports Association (AAA) Industry Gala Awards night.

This tiny airport has rewritten the records book by being the first registered airport in Australian aviation history to receive a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification exemption. It also switched on its solar power system, recorded its first full year of Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations since 1992, secured a car rental agreement and refurbished the terminal.

“It’s been a big year for Tennant Creek Airport and it’s great to see it recognised nationally. This success is testimony to Airport Development Group’s commitment to regional airports in the Northern Territory as well as our loyal, enthusiastic and hardworking management and staff,” said Ian Kew, NT Airports CEO.

“The CASA certification exemption together with the first full year of RPT operations by Airnorth has seen Tennant Creek Airport become an integral and reliable means of transport to locals and visitors to the region. It’s also been a win for tourism in the region”.

Tennant Creek Airport’s commitment to servicing its region, to finding and capitalising on opportunities, to working with community and industry, and to becoming a gateway for tourism in the region is truly remarkable.

“Tennant Creek Airport may only be small, but it punches well above its weight,” said Mr Kew.

Background on CASA certification exemption

The CASA certification exemption plays an integral part in the construction of the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) to connect the Northern Territory to the national grid by allowing the NGP project to have a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforce. In order to fulfil workforce requirements, an exemption was applied for to increase the 30-seat registered aerodrome limitation to Code 3C, 110-seat aircraft for up to four flight a week. The exemption, as opposed to the permanent certification approval process, ensured Tennant Creek Airport could meet demand while such services were needed, without overextending itself.

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