May 25, 2011

Airservices Australia board appointment

Airservices Australia board appointment

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

25 May 2011

Federal Cabinet has reappointed Dr Warren Mundy to the Board of Airservices Australia where he will continue as Deputy Chair for a further three years.

I am very pleased Dr Mundy has agreed to stay on for a second term and that the organisation will continue to benefit from his extensive experience in strategic, public policy, environmental and regulatory issues.

Airservices – a wholly government owned corporation – manages around 11 per cent of the earth’s airspace through which more than 3 million flights carrying 75 million passengers pass each year.

As well as providing air-traffic control services, the organisation also operates the vital rescue and fire fighting facilities located at the nation’s major airports.

With the popularity of air travel set to grow even further in the years ahead – the latest figures point to a more than doubling in passenger numbers by 2030 – Airservices has embarked on an ambitious effort to transform their systems to meet this much greater demand and maintain Australia’s enviable safety record.

Over the next five years, they will be rolling out a $1 billion investment program to modernise their air traffic control infrastructure as well as upgrade their rescue and fire fighting services.

Airservices also continues to play a central role in implementing a number of the major initiatives contained in the Gillard Labor Government’s Aviation White Paper, including:

  • Establishment of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman;
  • Harmonisation of civil and military air traffic management systems in partnership with the Defence Department;
  • Deployment of new and enhanced air traffic management technology; and
  • Better operational procedures to optimise airspace management.

As a nation occupying a vast island continent located in a remote part of the globe, Australia relies heavily on the aviation industry to not only keep us connected to each other but also with the rest world. Indeed it’s already an important engine of economic growth, adding almost $5 billion a year to our economy and accounting for over 50,000 jobs.

For more information about Airservices Australia and its current Board Members go to: www.airservicesaustralia.com.