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Sustainability-linked loans first of kind for Australian airport

Accomplished airport operator Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has secured financing for the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment, with $100 million of the funds in the form of sustainability-linked loans.
The loans from Commonwealth Bank and Westpac – based on carbon accreditation through the Airports Council International program and a reduction in carbon emissions – are the first of their kind to be taken out by an Australian airport.
QAL CFO Amelia Evans said the business was committed to strengthening its performance in the area of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) – and obtaining sustainability-linked loans were another step towards that.

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Passenger numbers on the rise

A total of 632,689 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in May 2019.

This represents a 0.8 per cent rise in numbers for the group, with all four ports recording growth for the first time this year.

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QAL named finalist in Australian HR Awards 2019

Queensland Airports Limited has been named a finalist in this year’s Australian HR Awards, confirming the organisation’s focus on creating relevant and meaningful initiatives for its workforce.

Joining an elite list of some of the nation’s biggest and most well-known companies, QAL is the only airport and one of only a handful of Gold Coast-based companies to be included on the HR Awards finalist list this year.

QAL Chief Financial Officer Amelia Evans said she was delighted about the company being named as a finalist, particularly at such an exciting and important time for the group.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the Hays Australian HR Team of the Year in the under 1000 employees category,” she said.

“Everything we do is about ensuring we do our best to meet our team’s needs through relevant and meaningful initiatives.  This will, in turn, benefit the whole business.

“We focus on talent and development programs that enable our employees to step up in line with our strategic priorities, something that is exciting at this point in time when we are embarking on major capital development programs at Gold Coast and Townsville airports.

“Now, more than ever, we need to ensure we have the right team with the right capabilities in place and are meeting their needs through innovative and meaningful initiatives and policies.”

Congratulating the company’s People and Culture team, Ms Evans said the team had met the criteria for the HR Team of the Year (? 1000 Employees) category through the strategic creation and implementation of a wide range of initiatives – constantly creating a better workplace at QAL.

With a highly engaged workforce comprising a multitude of diversity including four generations, the P&C team are focussed on enhancing the capability of our teams who want and need different things,” she said.

“There is a direct link to factors like employee retention and attraction rates by being an employer of choice.”

Ms Evans said she was particularly pleased considering it was the first time the company had entered the awards.

Some of the key initiatives rolled out and delivered by the P&C team this year include:

  • Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
  • Skyward (Leadership development)
  • QAL Talent and Succession Planning
  • Mentoring at QAL
  • Single Touch Payroll
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Elevate and Flare Benefits
  • Going for Gold (2018 Commonwealth Games employee reward and recognition program)
  • Renegotiation of a group-wide Enterprise Bargaining Agreement

The winners of each category in the Australian HR Awards 2019 will be announced at a gala ceremony at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on September 6.

Passenger numbers steady, outlook positive

More than 718,200 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in April 2019 – which was slightly below the year before.

The figures show growth in Townsville and Mount Isa.

 

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New chairman to head QAL through crucial expansion phase

Experienced business executive and non-executive Chairman and director John O’Neill AO has been appointed Chairman of the Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) board following a national search.

Mr O’Neill said it was an exciting time to join the company, which was at the beginning of a crucial delivery phase – with an extensive capital program underway.

“A significant terminal expansion is now being delivered on the Gold Coast, and project plans are being reviewed for Townsville Airport. These major projects are focused on addressing capacity issues, preparing for future growth and improving the customer experience,” he said.

“The first airport hotel is also well underway on the Gold Coast, which is an important milestone in the development of the precinct and will boost accommodation at the southern end of the city.

“About 8.5 million people are welcomed through QAL’s four airports into destinations across Queensland and northern NSW each year. These airports are the gateways to the destinations and their success is critical to the tourism industry.”

Mr O’Neill has been Chairman of The Star Entertainment Group since 2012 and has an intimate knowledge of the tourism sector and a strong connection to Queensland after years of experience working in the industry and for companies with a focus on the state.

From 1987 until 2012, Mr O’Neill held chief executive roles at The State Bank of NSW, The Australian Rugby Union and The Football Federation of Australia. He has also been a non-executive Director on other public company boards, including Tabcorp Limited.

QAL CEO Chris Mills welcomed Mr O’Neill’s appointment, saying the new Chairman was coming on board during an exciting and critical time for the company.

“I’m looking forward to working with John as we enhance the passenger experience and create more connections to our airports over the coming years,” he said.

“John’s knowledge and experience means QAL will remain in good hands as we deliver our major capital projects.”

The QAL Board recognised the contribution of Nigel Chamier, who acted as interim Chairman while a search was undertaken for a new Chairman. Mr Chamier will step down on 30 June after serving on the QAL board for more than five years.

Strong load factors continue despite dip in passenger numbers

More than 651,200 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in March 2019.

This represents a 7.6 per cent downturn for the group, with fewer passengers at Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports reflective of a declining trend in passenger numbers across Australia and ongoing capacity constraints by the airlines.

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Queensland Airports Limited, a great place to work

Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has officially been recognised as a great place to work – with outstanding results confirming the organisation’s positive culture and progressive leadership approach.

QAL – which owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports – has achieved accreditation from the aptly named Great Place to Work Australia (GPTW), a global research consultancy. The accreditation, gained in February 2019, followed an extensive organisational audit and employee survey.

QAL Chief Financial Officer Amelia Evans said she was thrilled the company had achieved the result in the first year of GPTW participation.

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Dip in passenger numbers reflective of national trend

More than 579,000 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in February 2019.

This represents a 4.7 per cent downturn for the group, with fewer passengers at Gold Coast, Townsville and Longreach airports reflective of a downward trend in passenger numbers across Australia and ongoing capacity constraints by the airlines. However, QAL’s fourth port, Mount Isa Airport, bucked the trend to deliver another strong month of growth during February.

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QAL airports keep busy in strong start to new year

More than 778,000 passengers passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in January 2019 – making it the second busiest month ever for the group.

The January results are second only to those recorded in January 2018, when 794,433 passengers were processed through QAL’s four airports, which include Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach.

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More than 8.4 million passengers take to skies from QAL airports

More than 8.4 million people passed through Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) four airports in 2018 – holding steady on the prior year.

This is despite reduced airline capacity, which has impacted the group’s two largest airports.

It comes after the airports – on the Gold Coast and in Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach – recorded a collective decline of 4.7 per cent in passenger numbers in December.

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Reduced airline capacity continues to impact numbers

Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) welcomed a total of 679,952 passengers through its four ports in November, with reduced capacity in the larger ports.

The result represents a collective decline of 2.7 per cent in passenger numbers for the group, which includes the Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.

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Queensland Airports Limited Chairman to step down after five successful years

QAL Chairman Annabelle Chaplain will step down at the end of February after five years leading the board during a period of record growth and development planning for the company.

Ms Chaplain has been QAL independent Chairman since January 2014.

Last year was a record year for QAL when 8.5 million passengers travelled through its four airports – Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach.

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Strong regional growth offsets mixed results

Queensland Airports Limited welcomed almost 742,300 passengers through its four ports in October, with steady growth in the regions helping to offset reduced capacity along the eastern seaboard.

The result represents a collective decline of 2.7 per cent for the group, which includes the Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.

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Warm welcome to the tourism industry’s night of nights

Queensland Airports Limited is welcoming Queensland’s top tourism awards back to the Gold Coast, the home of tourism in the state.

Queensland Airports Limited, which owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Longreach and Mount Isa airports, is the presenting partner of the glittering Queensland Tourism Awards ceremony tonight.

Queensland Airports Limited Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills said it was great to see the Queensland Tourism Awards return to the Gold Coast – some nine years since the event was last held here.

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