This has been a remarkable year for global aviation. As the trusted partner for keeping 11 per cent of the world’s skies safe, Airservices is rising to the challenge of leading Australia’s aviation industry in an era of technological advancement.
In 2018-19, we saw very tangible evidence of the changes we have been anticipating for some time with the launch of a commercial drone delivery business in our nation’s capital, Canberra, and the announcement of a trial of the world’s first aerial taxi service in Melbourne from 2020. Meanwhile, air traffic and passenger movements of traditional aviation services continued to increase over the previous reporting period.
Amidst such significant change, the Airservices mandate remains constant. We are charged with ensuring the safe, regular and efficient use of airspace for all users through the provision of services that are valued by the industry. This requires us to deliver our services to a standard of excellence while also investing to deliver new and enhanced service offerings to anticipate and keep pace with change.
OneSKY, the world’s first harmonised civil and military air traffic management system, remains the centrepiece of this investment program. In partnership with Defence, OneSKY is building our capacity to manage future air traffic growth, meet national security imperatives and integrate new aviation technologies. The program positions Australia as a world-leader in the delivery of innovative aviation technology.