Advocacy in Action - Perth Airport


The Committee for Perth advocates for transformational projects. Perth Airport is the first point of contact for national and international visitors, and often acts as a gateway to the rest of Western Australia.

In 2009, the Committee participated in Perth Airport’s development of their Master Plan. The preliminary draft was presented to our Reshaping Working Group and a submission was later provided to Perth Airport that commended them for the sound basis on which they would tackle many of the challenges they were facing, as well as raised concerns around the transportation systems to and from the airport. It also outlined the Committee’s desire for Perth Airport to assist in highlighting and celebrating Western Australia’s Indigenous heritage.

In 2014, the Committee for Perth was again involved in a number of consultations with Perth Airport regarding the continuation of their Master Plan. Nearly 10 years on from the initial conversations between the Committee and Perth Airport, we were delighted to have Kevin Brown present at our Food for Thought members’ only event, hosted by EY. Kevin shared the airport’s transformation and acknowledged a number of growing pains it had experienced over the past decade.

The event highlighted:

  • Perth Airport makes a $4 billion contribution to the Western Australian economy and employs more than 20,000 aviation and non-aviation employees.
  • $1.2 billion has been spent on upgrades and renovations over the past seven years.
  • The next $2.5 billion wave of investment includes a new domestic terminal, an expansion of the international terminal and the T1 arrival area, a railway station and walkway and multi-storey car parks.
  • When it comes to service quality, Perth Airport now rates consistently above the average score of its Australian and New Zealand peers.
  • Perth’s narrative is holding us back. There needs to be talk about affordable accommodation, natural and new attractions like Optus Stadium and Yagan Square and less about isolation and expense.
  • There is the need for a cohesive and collaborative approach to attract visitors and students to Perth.
  • With the increase in flight numbers over the past six months, 250,000 new seats have been added to Perth as a destination.
  • International passenger numbers are expected to increase by 50% over the next decade.
  • Arising from the Perth to London direct flights, Perth is at the start of a five-year window to brand itself as Australia’s western hub and create a positive first and last impression for visitors. 

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