13 March 2017
Port Hedland International Airport milestones under first-year stewardship
March 11, marked the first-year milestone since The PHIA Group of Companies (PHIA Group) announced the historic and successful completion of the transaction with the Town of Port Hedland in respect of the 50-year lease of Port Hedland International Airport (PHIA).
PHIA Group Chairman, the Hon. Cheryl Edwardes, said that significant ground has been made in the Port Hedland International Airport’s new era. “The PHIA Group was entrusted as lessee and operator of the airport and gateway to the Pilbara, and has been hard at work on the transformation of this important community asset during year one of our stewardship.”
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of PHIA Operating Company, Mitchell Cameron reiterated that the Group is well underway in its five-year investment of $40m in the Port Hedland International Airport and the Group’s strategic plan to develop Port Hedland International Airport as a leading regional airport.
Mitchell Cameron said, “in addition to meeting our obligations under the lease, we’re in pursuit of opportunities to benefit the community and business, by fostering positive relationships and additional air traffic. Port Hedland International Airport is the Pilbara hub for flights to the eastern states and international connectivity.” Mr Cameron added “twelve months in, expansion plans have progressed, focussed on; upgrading the airport, increasing passenger and freight traffic, increasing revenue opportunities and continually improving customer experience. “
Accomplished projects include; a complete survey of the Airport’s 817-hectare site, airfield assessment, apron bay review and an airfield lighting review. Refreshment of the Airport’s logo ‘Gateway to the Pilbara’, front of house upgrades, establishment of the PHIA Community Consultation Group (CLG) and a cultural and heritage plan have also been completed.
A key milestone in PHIA’s strategic plan; the 20-year Master Plan is 65% complete, The Airport Group (TAG) are developing the Port Hedland International Airport Master Plan and Land Use Report. Other revitalisation projects in progress, include; a baggage system review and development of a new website. Exciting commercial opportunities include; energy supply alternatives for PHIA, development of 3.6 hectares of land and marketing of a further 200 hectares for leasing.
Mr Cameron said, “whilst aviation numbers are presenting challenges, we’re on schedule and redevelopment of the terminal will be completed within the 5-year target. I’m proud to be celebrating our first birthday and acknowledging the collective achievements of Airport staff and tenants to date, and looking ahead to year two.”
About the Port Hedland International Airport - The PHIA Group of Companies (PHIA Group) is the lessee and operator of the Port Hedland International Airport. PHIA Group’s underlying investors, managed by AMP Capital and Infrastructure Capital Group, are preeminent Australian infrastructure investors committed to investing in the Port Hedland International Airport with the goal of it becoming one of Australia’s best regional airports.” www.porthedlandairport.com.au https://www.facebook.com/porthedlandinternationalairport/
Contact: Mitchell Cameron CEO PHIA Group (08) 9160 0500