Ayers Rock Aerodrome Radio Information Service
Ambidji has been providing aerodrome radio information services (Certified Air/Ground Radio Services) under contract to the Ayers Rock Airport owners continuously over the past 13 years. Ambidji operators provide a range of traffic information, alerting and advisory services to aircraft in flight for 7 hours per day, 7 days a week to assist in prevening collisions between aircraft and surface vehicles and to improve airspace and airport utilisation and efficiency. Ambidji’s role involves servicing a range of jet aircraft operated by Australia’s major airlines, as well as corporate jet and general aviation aircraft. Certified Air/Ground is a CASA regulated service under Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 139 and is provided by 3 full time and 2 part time qualified staff, operating from the Airservices Australia fire control tower. The service is subject to regular audits from CASA and Ambidji has received commendation from CASA as to the standards of services and safety by Ambidji.
Lismore Regional Airport
Ambidji, through its subsidiary, Ambidji Airports, operated Lismore Regional Airport over the 9 year period 1999 to 2008, under a management contract with the airport owner, Lismore City Council. This airport serves a regional population of 150,000 with passenger movement levels at commencement of the contact around 45,000 pa, growing to around 68,000 under Ambidji’s stewardship. Initially air services were only provided to Sydney, but were developed over the life of the contract to include seasonal services to two other major regional airports as well as to Brisbane. This growth occurred despite the adverse circumstances of the collapse of the primary carrier, Hazelton Airlines (an Ansett subsidiary), and commencement of services by replacement carrier, Regional Express.
At the commencement of the contract there was a newly opened modern passenger terminal with a high quality catering concession, hire car concessions, a 50 place car park, two fuel concessions, an old terminal and a range of general aviation facilities. Under the contract, Ambidji had total responsibility for all operations, maintenance, property management and airport business development, in accordance with an agreed airport budget. Capital expenditure was the owner’s responsibility, although Ambidji facilitated and oversighted the work of contractors.
Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport
Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport is Australia’s busiest, provincial, airport serving scheduled airline jet services and general aviation traffic with some 400,000 passengers per annum. Uluru is one of Australia’s most significant tourist destinations.
Ambidji was engaged by the airport owners to manage the whole airport under contract. Ambidji’s responsibilities included management of day to day airport operations and administration, planning and development of airport facilities, coordinating with airlines and regulatory bodies as well as accepting regulatory responsibility for the provision of air ground radio services from the airport’s control tower.