Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

Maximising Sydney Airport and Port Botany

Kerrie Mather, CEO Sydney Airport

7th May 2013  11:00 am - Lecture Theatre 2 (Room 112), Level 1, St James Campus, The University of Sydney, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Abstract: One in every 10 dollars generated in NSW comes from a six-kilometre area comprising Sydney Airport and Port Botany, just eight kilometres from the city centre, but the area suffers chronic congestion following years of governments. More than 120,000 people use Sydney Airport - the nation's most significant piece of transport infrastructure -daily, yet transport options are limited, whether by road or public transport. Kerrie Mather has been advocating short and long-term solutions to enhance ground transport around the precinct and deliver a better experience for passengers and other airport users by providing more choice for travelling to and from the airport.

Bio: Bringing more than 15 years of aviation sector experience to Sydney Airport, Kerrie was appointed as chief executive officer in June 2011. Her focus has been on strengthening the airport's relationships with airlines, government, industry and community, taking a leadership role in growing tourism. Welcoming close to 37 million passengers a year, Sydney Airport is Australia's busiest airport, serving a network of 99 destinations across 35 international, nine domestic and regional airlines and 10 dedicated freight carriers. The Sydney Airport precinct contributes $27.6 billion to the economy each year and its location just eight kilometres from the city centre is a competitive advantage to business, particularly the tourism sector. Sydney Airport has invested more than $2 billion in improving the services and infrastructure since 2002, delivering 40 per cent growth in passenger movements with virtually no increase in aircraft movements. Kerrie is committed to working with industry and the community on achieving further sustainable growth in the decades to come. Kerrie brings to Sydney Airport a broad international perspective and demonstrated ability to develop strategic alliances with airlines, commercial partners and tourism bodies. She is a director of Airports Council International, the peak global body for airports and the Tourism & Transport Forum in Australia as well as a member of the Australian Gulf Council (AGC) of Distinguished Advisors and a member of the Australian School of Business Advisory Council.

Chair: Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management