NZ Airports Newsletter June 2024

Kia ora koutou,

I’m writing this heading back from an event with Hon Chris Bishop, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and RM Reform, where there was discussion about the benefits of user pays infrastructure for long- term growth and maintenance. Of course, airports are a stellar example of this – where there is a user base that can support the right investment – and this should be celebrated. We’re working hard to contribute to Minister Bishop’s engagement processes on planning reform to cut the red tape for airports around the country and protect them from urban encroachment. I recently appeared before the Environment Select Committee to talk about airports’ interests on the fast track legislation, and we’ll keep tracking all of the phases of RM reform with your interests in mind.

We’ve had some chunky consultations to deal with this month – see more on our submissions to the Climate Change Commission and on the IVL below. Our focus over the next few months will turn to preparing for the CAA funding review and picking up some of the rule issues we identified at the Regional Airport Summit. And of course, creating the best possible NZ Airports Hui! Look out soon for the first announcements of our speakers, including Government Ministers, the Federal Aviation Administration and Airbus joining us in Hamilton.

I am always keen to hear from members on how we can help you. In particular, we’d love to organise more webinars to showcase our valued corporate members and how you’re seeing the key aviation issues of the day.

See you at the Forum this Thursday.

Nga mihi mahana,

Billie Moore
NZ Airports Forum

NZ Airports Forum

The next meeting of the NZ Airports Forum is scheduled for:

Thursday 27 June at 10:30am – 12:00pm.

This is a members-only, online MS Teams meeting. A invitation and agenda has been sent to your inbox. Please send to interested colleagues. Grab a coffee and settle in for updates on:

  • Advocacy, regulation and policy news
  • A discussion on international aviation emissions, the tourism policy environment and the IVL
  • An update from the NZ Airports Security Working group
  • Latest news for our sector on the Regional Infrastructure Fund
  • Auckland Airport terminal update
  • Data insights
  • Key takeaway’s from last week’s Australasian Airport Roundtable.
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Upcoming webinar

Engagement Opportunity with Cranfield Aerospace
Thursday 4 July, 8:30 am.
MS Teams invitation sent by NZ Airports

Bring your coffee and join this morning webinar with Eagle Aviation Consulting and Cranfield Aerospace, for insights into novel aircraft, low and zero emissions flight, and the UK’s sustainable aviation policy landscape.

Sustainability & Resource Planning

Climate Change Commission Consultation

NZ Airports finished an important submission this month – our feedback to the Climate Change Commission’s consultation on whether international aviation and maritime emissions should be included in the 2050 target.

MoT consultation on RASUs

MoT consultation on RASUs

Thank you to those who joined us for the introductory webinars last week on the Ministry’s Regulatory Airport Spatial Undertakings (RASU consultations). The draft policy guidelines are now available for your feedback.

The RASU process applies to airports that are required to provide space for border agencies to meet screening and other regulatory obligations. The Ministry’s intention is to ensure RASUs do not add to the administrative burden for airports. It’s important we think about how it can fit in with the consultation and planning processes we already go through, as well as the ideal sequencing for RASUs amidst pricing rounds and master planning processes.

NZ Airports will be pleased to coordinate feedback for the Ministry. Please connect with Billie and Steve. We will be in touch with airports with our initial thoughts.

Event

Airways consults on price increases

Airways is re-consulting on charges for FY25 due to receiving revised schedules from airlines showing a reduction in domestic and international flight volumes. Airways is proposing a 2.7% increase to published weight prices to apply for the period 1 September 2024 to 30 June 2025, to bring the corporation back to 98% of its target revenue for the financial year.

Airways expects flight volumes to be 7% lower for both domestic and Trans-Tasman, as well as softer for Asia, the Pacific and the US. This indicates further that tourism recovery will be more sluggish next summer.

Airways’ consultation process is open for two weeks. Airports wanting to provide feedback to their proposal are encouraged to contact Billie or Steve to coordinate.

New Members Join NZ Airports

We are excited to welcome new members to the NZ Airports Association and look forward and involvement.

Egis

Egis is an international player active in architecture, consulting, construction engineering and mobility services. Egis create and operate intelligent infrastructures and buildings that respond to the climate emergency and contribute to more balanced, sustainable and resilient territorial development. Operating in 100 countries, Egis puts the expertise of its 19,500 employees at the service of its clients and develops cutting-edge innovations accessible to all projects.

With a strong local presence in New Zealand, Egis offers full lifecycle aviation consulting, engineering and operational services, giving clients access to our global network of aviation experts as well as our local team of operational specialists. In addition to its expertise in airspace and airport operations and management, Egis is a global airport owner. Egis has successfully delivered over 4,000 aviation projects in more than 100 countries and manages 20 airports, including major international airports.

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Taiga Advisory

Taiga Advisory is a provider of strategic consulting services primarily focused on the airport and infrastructure sector.

Airports are in Taiga Advisory’s DNA. We support you in all aspects of financial management, strategy, and commercial planning.

We have a proven track record in airport capital strategy, financial modelling, aeronautical pricing, commercial negotiations and business case development – just to name a few areas. Our deep understanding of airport economics means we know how to drive value.

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NZ Airports Advocacy

Security Working Group
The NZ Airports Security Working Group met on 10 June and discussed the topics members would like to focus on for upcoming meetings. Key areas the group will look at include how we can improve police relationships around the country, including police training and knowledge of the aviation context; deterrence measures that could be improved at airports; drone policy and regulatory development; and sharing security exercise outcomes. We were also joined by Jason Legge, Senior Manager Group Resilience at Air New Zealand, to discuss managing unruly passengers. Reach out to Billie if you are keen to join this working group.

International Visitor Levy consultation
NZ Airports provided feedback to the government’s consultation on raising the International Visitor Levy (IVL). We are concerned with the prospect of raising the levy for international visitors to $50, 70 or even $100 without any clear evidence base or process for the appropriate use of these funds. We are keen for the government to focus on supporting and growing the tourism sector before looking at increasing taxes.

Airways exploring Digital Towers and UAV integration
Airways NZ has continued to explore its options and stakeholders’ responses for the possible introduction of Digital Towers, and also at the options for integrating UAVs into aviation, notably the airspace where manned aircraft will be flying.
NZ Airports has been fully engaged with Garry Goodman, Simon Hollinger and Policy Director Steve Riden representing airports’ views throughout the workshops. While questions about Digital Towers centre around cost, scale of the system changes, and adequacy, the UAV integration debate has raised many more issues from across more stakeholder groups.

The Airways workshops have highlighted how the government’s policy work on UAV issues have not progressed for some time, and the opportunity for NZ Airports to be more active on the topic.

Cyber security meeting
Policy Director Steve Riden attended a CAA-initiated meeting of airport IT managers to start improving aviation’s cyber security awareness and responses. Cyber security issues do not have the same level of responses under ICAO rules as it is not considered unlawful interference that endangers lives.

Advanced Air Mobility webinar
NZ Airports hosted a very well attended Webinar on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) presented by our new member Vertilink and its associated companies. The concept of use, and current state of play for AAM vehicles, was presented, and the potential for AAM in regional New Zealand flying to and from airports was discussed. There are different infrastructure requirements for AAM but also a different business case for their use.

Ara Ake decarbonising aviation webinar
NZ Airports CE Billie Moore was a panellist on an in-depth webinar on decarbonising aviation that was given by Ara Ake, the New Zealand organisation facilitating the development of low-emissions energy innovation and technology. Air NZ’s Jacob Snelgrove, who is leading the airline’s NextGen project presented, and Wellington Airport Sustainability Manager Georgina Blane also was a panellist, and explained in depth what Wellington Airport was doing.

The 90-minute webinar had a lot of technical information that was very useful for explaining the technical and physical barriers to decarbonisation. All NZ Airport members were invited to join the webinar, and a great many took up the offer.

Aviation Council
CE Billie Moore continues to represent the airport sector on the Interim Aviation Council, which was a result of last year’s Air Navigation System review. The Council has begun work on some workforce planning issues.

NEMA Catastrophe Planning
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) approached NZ Airports to facilitate an urgent and innovative information request to all airports, not just the lifeline utilities. The information request using Excel sheets was to gain a much more detailed and centrally-held picture of what resources airports have already in place and what would airports need in order to remain operational in emergencies.

The information is help plan for national catastrophes – events so large that normal responses using the CDEM structures we already have would not be enough. More and more nations are doing catastrophe planning as climate change occurs

Hastening the government’s actions is that because the Cyclone Gabrielle and Auckland Anniversary flooding events, the Emergency Management system has recognised that it does not have the capacity to deal with large or severe events across more than one region at a time.

CAA’s GAP on Aerodrome management
NZ Airports has been assisting the CAA with the in-draft Good Aviation Practice document on aerodrome management, the first GAP on the infrastructure element of aviation.

The GAP is a result of the Traffic Accident investigation Commission’s examination of the fatal mid-air collision near Hood Aerodrome in 2019, the findings of which recommended the CAA make efforts to give greater support to, and lift the level of skills of, managers at unattended aerodromes.

Steve Riden - Policy Director - NZ Airports

Steve Riden, Policy Director
steve.riden@nzairports.co.nz

NZ Airports Hui 2024

In this Hui update, we are excited to announce two industry experts will be Stephen Forshaw, Airbus and Dr Navneet Garg, Federal Aviation Administration (see below for more details).   

As we bring the programme together, we are keen to hear  members with interesting projects, case studies, research, or initiatives underway.  If you would be interested in sharing at the Hui, we are currently calling for abstracts – see contact information below.

Leading on from that, you will see the NZ Airports Awards 2024 applications are now open! If you have a project or phase of project in NZ that will be completed by 30th June 2024, please make sure to check out the application process.  All the information is on the Hui website.  Awards are judged against airports of similar size.  We encourage you to collaborate with your airport corporate partners if applicable in your application.

The inaugural Women in Aviation and Infrastructure event is a collaboration with Amadeus – key supporters of this event at the AAA conference for a number of years.  It’s going to be a great afternoon with inspirational leaders sharing their stories, plenty of networking opportunities and audience involvement.  To book your ticket visit the Hui website.

Our small team here at NZ Airports is grateful for the support we get from sponsors that partner with us to create a successful and vibrant conference.  Thank you for your support!  We are looking forward to working with you as Hui 2024 comes together over the following months.

Exhibition spaces and sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Contact katherine.campbell@nzairports.co.nz to discuss your ideas.

The link to the NZ Airports Hui website has the registration for the Hui, accommodation, exhibitor stands, awards details and applications, sponsorship information, a basic outline of the programme – more updates soon and more. Click on the link below to find out more.

International Speakers Announced

Dr Navneet Garg, Program Manager, National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center at the Federal Aviation Administration

It’s an honour for us to host an international authority on airport pavements as part of the Technical and Operational Forum at the Airports Hui. Dr Navneet Garg has been actively involved in airport pavement research for the FAA since 1998 and conceptualised and developed the FAA’s National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center. Navneet led the congressionally mandated study on ‘Operational Life of Airport Pavements’, has authored over 100 research papers, and teaches airport pavement design and evaluation workshops for national and international organisations. We know many in airport and infrastructure circles will be keen to take the opportunity to engage with Navneet and he is looking forward to travelling to New Zealand to share his latest insights.

Stephen Forshaw, Airbus Chief Representative for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Stephen Forshaw is at the forefront of discussions around the need for a domestic Australian sustainable aviation fuel industry and the strategic shift needed in our region to maintain air connectivity with the world. Stephen will join us in Hamilton to talk about the aviation sustainability transition, Airbus’ work on next generation aircraft and the opportunities for a trans-Tasman approach to low carbon and zero carbon fuels. This is critical context for us as we understand the market shifts that will take place in Australia and Asia as a response to sustainability requirements – and where this might leave New Zealand. Stephen was appointed to the Chief Representative role at Airbus after 18 years in Singapore working as Global Head of Public Affairs and Managing Director for Singapore investment company Temasek. He previously held senior roles at Singapore Airlines and Microsoft.

NZ Airports Hui 2024
NZ Airports Hui

Hui 2024 sponsors

NZ Airports is excited to announce key sponsors supporting the Hui this year.  Our thanks go the following organisations for their commitment and partnership to help NZ Airports deliver this years premier airports conference in Hamilton, 11th – 14th November.  We are grateful the support and look forward to working with you over the coming months.

For sponsorship opportunities at Hui 2024, please contact katherine.campbell@nzairports.co.nz to make a time to discuss your ideas.

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NZ Airports Awards 2024 – applications open

NZ Airports is now accepting applications for the 2024 NZ Airports Awards.

The awards celebrate excellence in airport projects completed in New Zealand during the period 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024. Participating is a great way to highlight your most outstanding initiatives and team members.

Applications for the NZ Airports Awards 2024 will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Infrastructure Project of the Year
  • Community Engagement Initiative of the Year
  • Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  • Commercial and Non-Aeronautical Initiative of the Year
  • Emerging Leader

Within each category are sub-categories depending on the size of the airport – large, medium, and small airports. All airports are encouraged to apply, and entries will be judged against airports of the same size.  Applications can be made jointly with another airport member or with members from the non-airport category.

A panel of industry peers, including Billie Moore, NZ Airports CEO, will review the applications and select the award winners.  The successful winners will be recognised at the NZ Airports Awards gala dinner on12th November in Hamilton.

Visit the NZ Airports Hui website for further information and to download the application forms. For further information contact katherine.campbell@nzairports.co.nz

NZ Airports Awards

Call for abstracts

If your have a project, case study, research or collaboration that you would like to share at the NZ Airports Hui, please contact katherine.campbell@nzairports.co.nz for more information on submitting an abstract for the programme.

Save the Date

Small Airports Meeting
9th May, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Online

NZ Airports Board Meeting
June 4th, Auckland

NZ Airports Forum
27th June, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Online

AAA Retail & Commercial Forum
22-24 July 2024
The Retail and Commercial Forum will take place in Melbourne. All NZ Airports members can enjoy the same registration rates as Australian members for AAA events.

Small Airports Meeting
8th August, 10.30am -12:00pm
Online

NZ Airports Board Meeting
24th September, Wellington

 

NZ Airports Forum
10th October, 10.30am – 12:00pm
Online

Airport Safety Week
14th -18th October
Nationwide

Women in Airports & Infrastructure Symposium
11th November
Hamilton

NZ Airports Hui
Hamilton, 11th -14th November

NZ Airports Awards Gala Dinner
Hamilton, 13th November

Australian Airports Association Conference
Brisbane
19th – 21st November

NZ Airports Board Meeting
27th November, Wellington

Small Airports - NZ Airports

The next meeting of the Small Airports group is this Thursday 9th May, 10:30am – 12:00pm. All NZ Airports members are welcome to join the online meeting. For some of our regional airports with small teams there would be likely benefits with information sharing and collaboration with airport colleagues across the NZ network. Please contact katherine.campbell@nzairports.co.nz for further information.

Podcast

Listen to the latest Simple Flying podcast as some of the biggest events in aviation over the past week – including the collapse of Bonza airline in Australia, is discussed.

Key contacts in an emergency required

NZ Airports will be reaching out to members to seek your feedback on who at your airport should be included in incident information and updates from CAA. CAA currently sends out information to airports when they are aware of an issue or threat with network-wide impact (for example, the Auckland flooding, Cyclone Gabrielle and the suspected IED in Queenstown). However, its list may not be complete or up to date. When we reach out please consider carefully the best approach for your airport and prioritise a response to us.