Council appoints new Airport Operations Team Leader

19 June 2013

David Costello has joined AlburyCity as the new Team Leader of Airport Operations.

Mr Costello has joined the Albury Airport team from a senior manager position with the Murray Catchment Management Authority, where he had worked for the past eight years.

One of his big roles will be to drive business at the airport, which generated $6.3 million last financial year.

The applied science graduate from Charles Sturt University said he was looking forward to the role.

“Albury is a progressive council and has lots of things happening,” he said.

“I was looking for a career change.

“I am not from an aviation background but we have got a number of staff here who are aviation professionals running the day-to-day operations.

“My role is effectively overseeing all that.”

Mr Costello will report to Mark Munday, the council’s group leader of commercial businesses, who is responsible for securing further growth of the airport, Glenmorus Gardens cemetery and the tip.

Mr Munday said the new airport boss would complement an already strong team.

“What we are looking at here is improving the business,” he said.

“There is a lot of revenue being generated here and we want to look at ways to maximise that revenue.

“We want to build the culture, build the team and build the customer service aspect to the airport.”

The council employs 15 people in airport operations excluding external security and cafe operations.

Meanwhile, a $2.3 million extension of the airport apron is nearing completion.

The works will accommodate a fifth plane and reduce aircraft queuing times in peak periods.

The next major works are scheduled for January when $4 million will be spent on the runway overlay upgrade.