Melbourne Airports promising annual report

first_imgMelbourne Airport presented a summary of its performance over the past year, developments in progress and a new corporate vision at the Melbourne Town Hall on Monday night.“Despite the challenges faced by the industry over the last year, we’ve welcomed more passengers, new airlines and new services to Melbourne Airport,” Melbourne Airport chief executive officer Chris Woodruff said.The airport saw its number of passengers increase by four percent in 2013-2014 to a total of 31 million passengers (7.75 million of international passengers and 23.3 million of domestic passengers), with Asia driving the international growth, mainly thanks to China being the most important long haul market.Melbourne Airport is also the only major Australian airport that saw its air freight imports and exports grow, attributed to the large volume of Victorian merino breeding rams exports to China.The Airport’s capital expenditure for the 2013-2014 period increased by 67 per cent to AUD $420 million, transforming the region’s economy and creating more jobs.In the framework of a ten year investment period, another $700 million should be invested next year for a new domestic terminal, a ground transport hub, 21 extra aircraft parking bays, an expansion of the international terminal and significant road network upgrades.Mr Woodruff also presented a new corporate vision.“Our transformation is more than just a physical one and to recognise this, our new corporate vision is to be Australia’s airport of choice by delivering a superior customer experience.“We’re focusing on making the customer journey more seamless, more intuitive and more welcoming as we bring more of a sense of our world renowned liveability to the airport and we want people to remember their experience at Melbourne Airport – for all the right reasons.”The Federal Government approved the 2013 Master Plan, the Airport’s long term planning and development guide, including environment and ground transport strategies as well as processes for the runway development program.Safety and security remain a priority on the agenda, the Airport reaching all of the regulatory requirements and providing a secure environment with a decline in its injury frequency rate.Mr Woodruff hopes for more satisfactory results for international air services agreements, which would be beneficial for the region’s tourism, business and education sectors that highly rely on international visitors but also for export opportunities.Source = ETB News: Jessica Handysidelast_img read more