Wellington Airport Operations

24 August 2017

Wellington, NZ


17:30 for 18:00 start
WIAL is the owner operator of Wellington International Airport. Corporatized in 1989 its role as a commercial entity, as with any company, is to make a return on investment for its stakeholders.
This presentation will touch on aspects of the business and what an airport operator actually does and where we see ourselves in the future.
Bring a friend or colleague or two and join us on Thursday 24 August.

Speaker Details

Lachlan Thurston

Lachlan is a member of the senior management team at Wellington Airport with 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry encompassing airline operation, airport operations, and as a regulator. Lachlan commenced his career as a line pilot for a small regional airline prior to joining Wellington Airport as Operations Manager in 1989. During the next 10 years Lachlan held numerous operations management roles at the Airport before taking up a consultancy role in South Korea assisting with the opening of Incheon International Airport. He then joined Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt Main Airport, as an operational readiness project manager in the Philippines and China before returning to New Zealand briefly in 2003, providing contracted services to the CAA.
In 2004 he joined the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates as the Chief of ANS Regulations responsible for the development of regulation and safety oversight of all airports, airspace, air traffic control, nav aids, AIS and ATC personnel licencing. This role also provided regulatory approval for all airport development works being undertaken in the UAE at the time. Later Lachlan joined the Abu Dhabi Airports Company as Head of Operational Readiness responsible for the establishment of operational readiness programmes covering 5 Abu Dhabi airports and operational design review of the new midfield terminal building at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Lachlan returned to New Zealand in late 2010 before re-joining Wellington Airport in 2011. Lachlan represents NZ Airports on the New Southern Sky Working Group as well as the Aviation Community Advisory Group to the CAA.


Wellington, NZ

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New Zealand