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UK Airport Trade Mission to New Zealand and Australia 2019

Australia & New Zealand, 11 November, 2019 to 15 November, 2019

UK airport sector companies are invited to join a Department for International Trade (DIT) mission to Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). The delegation will visit Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney to engage with the key airport operators, contractors and sector stakeholders.

Why Australia and New Zealand?

Australia and New Zealand have both seen a strong and sustained increase in international and domestic passenger movements over the past decade, driven by growing demand for interstate and international holidays, business travel, and visitors from large and fast-growing Asian economies. There has also been an average annual increase of 3% in the volume of international air freight (in tonnes). To support the strong growth which is on-track to continue, governments in both countries have committed to significant airport infrastructure upgrades for their major airports.  

The airports range in size and complexity, each having unique challenges and opportunities:

  • Auckland Airport is the second largest airport in Australasia, a global hub for air travel in Australasia and the Pacific Rim, and acts as a connection hub for South America and Asia.
  • Melbourne Airport plans to develop an additional parallel runway to accommodate a doubling of movements per hour.
  • Avalon Airport is Melbourne’s second busiest airport, located between Melbourne and Geelong, makes it both an important second city airport and an exceptionally well-equipped regional airport in Western Victoria.
  • Sydney Airport is the gateway to Australia, located only eight kilometres south of the Sydney CBD, and less than 10 kilometres from Sydney Harbour and major tourist destinations.
  • Western Sydney Airport is the most significant infrastructure project underway in Australia and will be the first smart airport in the Southern Hemisphere, complete with the latest technologies and customer services.

Outline Program (Draft)

Auckland, New Zealand

Monday, 11 November 2019

  • Welcome remarks from British High Commissioner to New Zealand
  • Presentation, briefing and discussion with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) on scale and immediacy of Auckland opportunities 
  • Auckland Airport site visit tour, including presentation, briefing, and working lunch
  • Roundtable discussions with key contractors and stakeholders on routes to market, export opportunities and supply chain
  • Evening Networking Reception hosted by the British High Commissioner 

Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

  • Direct flight: Auckland to Melbourne, arriving 10:55 a.m.
  • Avalon Airport tour, with presentations and briefings, working lunch
  • Evening Networking Reception hosted by the British Consul General 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

  • Roundtable discussions with key contractors and stakeholders
  • Tour of Melbourne Airport, with presentations and briefings, working lunch
  • Direct flight (late afternoon): Melbourne to Sydney 

Sydney Australia

Thursday, 14 November 2019

  • Briefing by British Consul General & Trade Commissioner
  • Presentation by Austrade
  • Western Sydney Airport Tour, with presentations and briefings, working lunch
  • Roundtable discussions with key contractors and stakeholders
  • Evening Networking Reception hosted by British Consul General & Trade Commissioner

Friday, 15 November 2019

  • Sydney Airport Tour, with presentations and briefings
  • Working lunch
  • Wrap up

Who should join the trade mission?

Export ready companies across the airport supply chain including airport and retail consultants, strategic advisers, architects and designers, engineers, constructors, equipment and material suppliers, operators, security services, traffic control, technology, digital systems, passenger experience designers and technology companies, environment control. 

Further Information

Recommended hotel with rates will be provided to those who sign up for the mission. 

British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa, provided you can satisfy an Immigration Officer that you meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

A visa is required to travel to Australia. British passport holders can get the following types of electronic visitor visa:

  • eVisitor visa direct from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. There is no visa application charge or service fee for this;
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via your travel agent or airline. There is no visa application charge, but a service fee of A$20 applies

Internal flights and ground transport
Suggestions for internal flight and ground transport arrangements will be provided in the mission program.

Travel advice
With any overseas travel including any visa requirements, DIT recommends that those travelling always check the latest travel advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before committing to travelling and again before actual travel. Further Information can be found on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

£495 plus VAT per company 
Limit one delegate per company

Delegates will be responsible for their own long-haul and domestic flights and accommodation bookings and related costs.
A detailed programme and schedule will be provided along with a mission brochure that will feature your company entry.

How to Participate

This trade mission is open to companies whose headquarters is registered in the UK, including those with local offices in the region. DIT will make a final selection of delegates based on suitability.

Applications to be considered for this mission has closed. Please contact amanda.lightbody@trade.gov.uk with any questions.

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