Gold Coast Airport is one of Australia’s fastest growing airports, now welcoming more than 6.5 million passengers annually.
The airport is the gateway to Australia’s premier tourist destination and its unique location services both South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
In 1936, the site of Gold Coast Airport was selected as an emergency landing ground for aircraft flying between Sydney and Brisbane and in 1939, the first regular passenger transport (RPT) services commenced.
Construction of the northern part of the original terminal was completed in the early 1950s when annual passenger movements were approaching 12,000. By 1958 the runway and taxiways were sealed along with the access road and car park, and a light aircraft apron was delivered.
Construction of the existing terminal complex began in 1980 and was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Douglas Anthony, when it was officially named the Eric Robinson Building. By 1981 passenger movements were 656,595 per year.
The Federal Government owned and operated the airport up until January 1988, when ownership was taken over by The Federal Airports Corporation, a government business enterprise. Government policy changes saw the airport privatised in 1998 with Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) being the successful tenderer and taking the role of Airport Leasing Company
Since then, Gold Coast Airport has continued to provide the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales regions with an exceptional level of customer service while recognising the key role it plays in tourism and other business activities within the dynamic holiday destination.
Supported by a strong and passionate team of hardworking individuals, Gold Coast Airport offers employment opportunities across a broad range of fields including management, maintenance, airside safety, and customer service.
Gold Coast Airport is owned and operated by Queensland Airports Limited (QAL). QAL aims to be an employer of choice in the regions it serves, as part of its vision to engage customers, connect communities, and provide exceptional experiences.
Air transport statistics at Gold Coast Airport are based on the performance of domestic and international flights to and from GCA.
Recent performance as follows:
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The airport, through its parent company Queensland Airports Limited (QAL), is supported by a Corporate Relations department to assist the needs of media. Media enquiries only should be made to the Corporate Relations department on (07) 5589 1414 or by email at email@example.com.
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Gold Coast Airport is owned and operated by regional airport specialist Queensland Airports Limited (QAL).
The QAL corporate group structure provides specialist resources in functional areas to ensure an overarching corporate ethos to all airports owned by QAL. This group structure was designed to achieve synergies across all airports and deliver a sustainable return on investment to shareholders, stakeholders and customers.
Chris Mills joined Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) in June 2014, and in October 2015 was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As the CEO Chris is responsible for setting and driving strategic initiatives to ensure the continued success of the group into the future.
Chris leads an experienced team with a focus on delivering exceptional airport experiences, and oversees a significant investment programme in QAL airports to deliver on this vision. Chris has over 25 years’ experience in diverse industries including tourism, leisure, retail, finance and property planning and development. He has worked in senior executive roles in Australia and England across the private and public sectors. He is also currently a board member of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Marion has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry both domestically and abroad, and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of QAL group airports. Marion worked at both Atlanta and Sydney airports during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has also worked with the Irish Airport Authority. She is currently on the advisory board for Southern Cross University Business School and is on the board of trustees for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. Marion is also a member of the Study Gold Coast board.
Adam joined QAL in 2017 as General Manager Business Development and Marketing, before moving into the role of Executive General Manager Business Development and Marketing in July 2018 and Chief Commercial Officer in August 2021. Adam is responsible for driving both aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue, working with airline partners and tourism bodies to grow domestic and international capacity across QAL’s ports and maximising non-aeronautical revenue with precinct partners including retail, food and beverage, parking and ground transport. Adam has held a number of senior management and executive roles within the airline industry, working for Virgin Australia and Tigerair, and brings almost 15 years’ experience to this role.
Amelia Evans is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience in various industries including aviation, telecoms, FMCG and property development. Her initial grounding at Ernst & Young has led to senior executive roles in the public and private sectors in Australia, Solomon Islands, London, United States and the Caribbean. At British Telecom in London, Amelia managed the group strategic plan, negotiated joint venture agreements and delivered a significant change management program. In the Caribbean, Amelia oversaw the establishment of IGA supermarkets and construction of retail and commercial properties. At Qantas, Amelia worked in Head of Finance roles within the areas of operations, commercial, sales, customer experience and engineering, and was also responsible for the delivery of major aircraft capital reconfiguration programs. In her roles, Amelia has managed financial, operational, people, technology and project teams. Amelia has been on various advisory Boards for disaster management, economic development and sporting associations. Amelia is actively involved in a number of national leadership and mentoring programs.
David re-joined QAL in January 2019 havingpreviously held various executive roles within the Group between 2010 and 2014.He is a generalist lawyer with extensive experience as general counsel andcompany secretary within Australian airports and the tourism and propertysectors. David is responsible for QAL’s legal and governance functions as wellas the Group’s company secretarial role. His professional experience has been gainedas an executive working within major national and multinational corporationsand his expertise lies in an ability to successfully lead and manage legal andgovernance within highly regulated, dynamic and intensely competitiveenvironments. David has also worked with Australia’s preeminent indigenousorganisation, the ILC and its subsidiary , Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australiaand was also a director of the Mutitjulu Foundation, a successfulnot-for-profit established to improve the lives of Uluru’s traditional owners.In addition to David’s professional expertise, he has a passion for socialequity, aboriginal advancement and ethics. He is a long standing member of TheEthics Centre, a member of various legal and governance groups as well as anassociate member of the Queensland Indigenous Lawyers Association.