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Australian Airports Keep Kiwi Based Company Busy

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Australian Airports Keep Kiwi Based Company Busy

17 June 2009 - Beca says airports still investing despite falling traveller numbers

Tourism numbers may be in decline as the global recession bites, but airport companies across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific are continuing to invest in improving their facilities and the travelling experience for passengers.

Dr John Marsh, General Manager of Beca Airports, part of the Beca Group, says Beca has been involved in airport projects worth around $140 million in Australia and New Zealand over the past year.

"Despite the global downturn, our airport clients have remained focussed on optimising the passenger experience through improving their service offering, facilities, and their infrastructure. Auckland Airport completed its Pier B project for arriving passengers, and Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth and Hamilton airports have all resurfaced their runways.

"We're particularly excited about trialling asphalt innovations which will contribute to Christchurch International Airport being the southern hemisphere's first carbon neutral airport company."

Beca Airports has seen its Australian business grow significantly over the past year. It now employs a specialist team of 15 consultants and engineers, based in Melbourne to complement the group's 50-strong New Zealand team. In addition to Melbourne Airport the company is also advising airport companies in Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Griffith in New South Wales, with services ranging from strategic planning through to maintenance and development work.

Dr Marsh says his group's growth in Australia has exceeded expectations, and that Australia's defence sector has also remained buoyant.

"Defence is one of the growth sectors in Australia for us at present, and we're providing airfield design work for RAAF Townsville in Queensland."

Elsewhere in the Pacific, Beca is involved with proposals to build airstrips at Bahodopi and Pomalaa in Indonesia, and at Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa, Beca has been commissioned to assist with the development of a "Hot Fire Training Facility" for aircraft rescue and fire-fighting.

Dr Marsh said the challenges faced by airport companies today were complex, and include escalating fuel costs, larger aircraft, low cost carriers, security, and environmental and sustainability issues. He attributes the success of Beca Airports in helping clients overcome these challenges to the quality of his team.

"Like many other groups within Beca, our team is made up of technical specialists with world-class skills and experience. When you combine the best skills with a dedicated focus on providing the best outcomes for clients, that's hard to beat."

Beca Airports projects in Australia include:

 Adelaide Airport ─ airfield pavement inspection and strategic advice on runway overlays. A detailed inspection in December covered six runways and their associated taxiways totalling 28km, with a surface area of 1.05 million m2  Sunshine Coast Airport - Master Planning and the detailed design for airfield pavements  Brisbane Airport - the design and project management of the international apron and taxiway extension  Perth Airport - strategic advice on runway overlay works  Griffith Airport - design of a 200m runway extension  Melbourne Airport - ongoing airside and landside project management and design work  RAAF Base Townsville - design engineering for runway and taxiway resurfacing.

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