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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Airport Manager

Airport Manager

An Airport Manager is responsible for the operation of an airport, including managing compliance with relevant legislation and managing airport staff and contractors.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Initiate and implement plans and strategies which will ensure that Airport operations are delivered in an effective, efficient and customer-focused manner in line with budgets.
  • Manage the procurement of goods and services related to upgrade and maintenance of airport infrastructure.
  • Manage the human, physical and financial resources of the Airport Department, including the definition of individual staff responsibilities and accountabilities.
  • Monitor and manage the performance of the Airport Grounds Person and other employees and contractors while they are engaged in Airport activities.

The underlying skill set of this role is transferable to jobs across the Transport and Logistics Industry. Career pathways are diverse and exciting, particularly considering the growth of the Aviation sector across rural and metropolitan Australia.

Industry facts

  • Australian aviation is a major economic driver. The sector contributes around $7 billion to the economy and employs 50,000 Australians directly and a further half million indirectly.
  • Projections predict a need for approximately 460,000 new commercial airline pilots and 601,000 maintenance technicians worldwide by 2031.
  • With growth in regional aviation stronger than in established capital city routes, there is strong demand for many aviation roles right across the country.

Entry Qualifications

There is no specific licence requirement but a security clearance is required before you can work in an airport.

Security clearance
You will need an Airport Security Identification Card (ASIC) to work in this role.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate IV in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)
  • Management degree or higher education qualification

Estimated Salary

$58,000 – $150,000 (Median $104,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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