Minister Opens Airport Planning Office

Minister Opens Airport Planning Office

Victoria Minister Responsible for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips

Minister Opens New Melbourne Airbiz Office

Victor P Taffa

Minister responsible for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips joined industry representatives yesterday to officially open Airbiz Aviation Strategies Pty Ltd’s new office Premises in Melbourne.

Mr. Rich-Phillips said Airbiz is one of only a few firms worldwide whose entire business relates to the planning, design and management of airports.

“The new Abbotsford-based offices will allow Airbiz to continue to offer world-class aviation planning services from its home right here in Victoria.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

“With more than 30 specialist staff, Airbiz has recently expanded its presence in North America, adding offices in Calgary, Canada to complement those already in operation in Vancouver and Montreal. This global reach has allowed Airbiz to complete over 2,000 projects and studies in 43 countries.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

Recent work includes simulation modelling for Vancouver Airport during the 2010 Winter Olympics, airport and terminal planning for the new Durban Airport, South Africa and terminal and airside planning for a new terminal at Delhi Airport.

Mr. Rich-Phillips said Victoria was the premier location for aviation and aerospace activity within Australia and was home to unique and world-class capabilities.

“We are very fortunate that Victoria has such wide-ranging capabilities in the aviation and aerospace industries, including companies such as Airbiz.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

“The Victorian Government will continue to actively support the growth of the aviation and aerospace industries in both domestic and international markets.”

“The aviation and aerospace sectors contribute more than $600 Million to the Victorian economy, generate more than $230 Million in exports and in total employ more than 22,000 people across airports and aerospace facilities.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

Airbiz’s export success was awarded the Small to Medium Services Award in the 2009 Governor of Victoria Export Awards. The official office opening also marked the company’s annual celebration of the Chinese New Year, and was attended by a large number of state, national and international aviation representatives.