ABOUT US

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.

OUR HISTORY

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.

EMPLOYMENT

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.

View current employment opportunities at Gold Coast Airport or within the QAL Group

STATISTICS

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:

Domestic and International Passenger Traffic
Date
Domestic
Passengers
Growth %
International Passengers
Growth %
Total
Passengers
Total Growth %
vs Prior Year
May'22
439,189
92.4%
18,040
100%
457,229
18.54%
April'22
539,722
88%
15,562
100%
555,284
38.21%
March'22
397,004
41.1%
5,912
100%
402,916
141.1%
February'22
304,231
65.5%
425
100%
304,656
165%
January'22
386,245
99.8%
0
0%
386,245
99.8%
December'21
204,271
-66.54%
0
-100% (2019)
204,271
-66.54%
November'21
35,328
-93.34%
0
-100% (2019)
35,328
-93.34%
October'21
25,943
-95.66% (2019)
0
-100% (2019)
25,943
-95.66% (2019)
September'21
25,545
-95.34% (2019)
0
-100% (2019)
25,545
-95.34% (2019)
August'21
12,719
-97.59% (2019)
0
-100% (2019)
12,719
-97.59% (2019)
July'21
96,698
-80.52% (2019)
9,642
-89% (2019)
106,340
-81.79% (2019)
June'21
236,660
-41.03% (2019)
15,755
-78.51% (2019)
252,415
-46.82% (2019)
May'21
371,445
-9.49% (2019)
14,268
-78.21% (2019)
385,713
-18.18% (2019)
Apr'21
397,372
-17.12% (2019)
4,403
-94.56% (2019)
401,774
-28.31% (2019)
Mar'21
281,390
-8.2% (2019)
0
-100% (2019)
281,390
-8.2% (2019)
Feb'21
159,553
-64.5%
0
-100% (2019)
159,553
-64.5%
Jan'21
193,299
-70%
0
-100% (2019)
193,299
-70%
Dec'20
188,261
-69.2%
0
-100%
188,261
-69.2%
Nov'20
36,265
-93.2%
0
-100%
36,265
-93.2%
Oct'20
31,422
-94.7%
0
-100%
31,422
-94.7%
Sep'20
21,673
-99.13%
284
-99.63%
21,957
-96%

MEDIA CENTRE

The Gold Coast Airport media centre is a resource for journalists which aims to provide current information on airport activities and initiatives.

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 media@qldairports.com.au.

Enquiries regarding airline-specific information should be directed to the respective airline’s media department.

IMAGES AND FILMING

We welcome media for special tours of our airport facilities; or other media and editorial requests.

Any filming and/or stills photography activity carried out for commercial purposes at Gold Coast Airport requires the prior written permission of Gold Coast Airport Management.

Download Filming and Photography Guidelines




Please complete this form and submit to media@qldairports.com.au at least three weeks before the requested filming date(s), for your request to be reviewed.

MEDIA RELEASES
View recent media releases for Gold Coast Airport
SOCIAL MEDIA MODERATION GUIDELINES

Gold Coast Airport has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube

Download the GCA Social Media Moderation Guidelines

MANAGEMENT & GOVERNANCE

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.

Amelia Evans

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Amelia was appointed QAL CEO in July 2022 after joining as CFO in 2016. As CEO, Amelia is responsible for setting the group's strategy, aligned to QAL’s vision. She leads an experienced team focused on delivering safe and exceptional airport experiences, growing QAL’s network and passenger numbers, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, and driving sustainable outcomes. Amelia also oversees a significant infrastructure and property planning and investment program across QAL's airports. Amelia is a chartered accountant with 25 years’ experience in Australia and overseas across the aviation, telco, fast moving consumer goods and property industries. She is currently a Council member for Griffith University and an advisory board member for UNIQ You, with previous board roles including National Trust and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Marion Charlton

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Marion has an impressive track record in business and aviation domestically and abroad. Since joining QAL, Marion has held a variety of senior roles including her current position of Chief Operating Officer, where she manages the day-to-day operations of QAL group airports, and is overseeing the transformational Gold Coast Airport terminal expansion. Marion worked at Atlanta and Sydney airports during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Marion has strong ties to the community and is a past Trustee with the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, Chairperson of the Placemakers* Gold Coast board (hosts of Bleach*Festival) and sits on the board of Bond University.

Adam Rowe

Chief Commercial Officer

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.


David Hedges

GENERAL COUNSEL AND COMPANY SECRETARY

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.

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