Passengers bring rewards for Albury Airport at National Airport Industry night

ALL ABOARD: New flights going directly from Albury to Brisbane contributed to the airport receiving a prestigious award.

ALL ABOARD: New flights going directly from Albury to Brisbane contributed to the airport receiving a prestigious award.

Success in turning around the trend of falling passenger numbers has earned Albury Airport a major national award.

The airport was named National Airport Industry’s large regional airport of the year at a Canberra ceremony on Wednesday.

The recognition came on the back of the aviation and marketing strategy plan, developed by Albury Council to expand the route network to and from the city.

Passenger numbers had fallen annually since 2010, but already increased 5.5 per cent in the first six months of 2016 and 8 per cent since 2015.

Albury mayor Kevin Mack said the award was highly sought after in the industry.

“It recognises the airport’s strong understanding of the key drivers of aviation to the region,” he said.

“It demonstrates that Albury Airport is a positive pathway for the future of the Albury-Wodonga region and provides a best practice example for regional airports across Australia wanting to grow their business.”

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