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Aviation

Air access can have a significant impact on visitation to a destination. Not only important for international visitation, aviation is increasingly a key driver of tourism growth for many domestic destinations and more remote regions. The aviation industry is likely to face numerous challenges in the future relating to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the industry. Read more
Air access can have a significant impact on visitation to a destination. Not only important for international visitation, aviation is increasingly a key driver of tourism growth for many domestic destinations and more remote regions. The aviation industry is likely to face numerous challenges in the future relating to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the industry. The development of aviation facilities and services in destinations needs to take into consideration factors such as:

  • Assessment of existing and future demand for aviation by the community and visitors is essential in determining the potential for aviation facility or route development in a destination;
  • A clear business case for route development is needed to attraction investment. That means looking at the route economies (revenue per passenger kilometre) from an airlines perspective;
  • Changing consumer behaviours and global trends have significantly influenced the airline industry and its development:

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      Environmental reporting is increasingly important for the aviation industry, not only to meet regulatory requirements but to meet consumer, shareholder, employee and supplier demands.

      • The trend towards international travel and the introduction of numerous low-cost carriers world-wide have impacted on the profitability of full service airlines, domestic travel, services to regional and rural areas and other transport types;
      • Planning for aviation facility and service development must recognise these trends and realistically assess the feasibility of development in a destination;
  • The planning and regulatory environment for aviation has also changed significantly over the last twenty years with the deregulation of the airline industry and the increasing environmental compliance and reporting requirements.
  • Recognition of the significant impact of the airline industry on the carbon footprint of tourism and trade globally will have a continued impact on the future development of visitor transport options. Planners must consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions regulations and policies such as emissions trading, carbon taxes and the introduction of new technologies to lower emissions;
  • Attracting airlines relies on a partnership between airports, government and promotional bodies to provide the infrastructure, incentive and promotion needed to make the route viable.

Examples of sound regional aviation development include Newcastle and the Sunshine Coast, where tourism industry input into the development of Airport Master Plans has guided effective planning for aviation services in the region. Adelaide Airport provides a best practice example of an airport that has developed a comprehensive approach to sustainability through its environmental policies and commitment to reduce its environmental footprint.

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