The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer.
James Goodwin, who has been Chief Executive of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) since 2015, will commence as CEO in June.
Mr Goodwin is a former journalist and news presenter and has worked for organisations including AirServices Australia and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
AAA National Chairman, Tom Ganley, said Mr Goodwin would bring deep experience in public policy, advocacy and stakeholder engagement to the role.
“We are delighted to welcome James to the AAA following strong interest in the role,” Mr Ganley said.
“He will bring a strong understanding of public policy and significant experience in the transport and infrastructure sector as we progress a busy agenda.
“James’ experience in the area of consumer advocacy will ensure the passenger remains at the heart of our work as we advance the key issues facing our industry.
“We look forward to James leading the AAA’s engagement with our airline partners as we work together at this important time for the aviation and tourism industries.”
Mr Goodwin said he looked forward to joining the AAA.
“There’s no doubt that Australia’s airports drive our economy and connect communities across the country,” Mr Goodwin said.
“We’ve already seen the benefits of airports’ capacity-building investment over the last 20 years, giving us better terminals, more choice and improved connection between our airports and the communities they serve.
“I’m looking forward to working with members as we prepare for new runways and landmark projects that will support the long-term growth of air travel.
“I understand the importance of good transport connections beyond our city centres and will ensure the focus is on supporting the sustainable development of our regional airports as they implement new CASA regulations this year.”
Mr Goodwin said he would also be working closely with representatives of the wider industry.
“There are some great examples of collaboration and partnership within the aviation industry and that focus is vitally important as we address the current challenges facing our industry,” he said.
“I look forward to working with airports, airlines, government and our industry partners to support our shared success.”