Former Wellcamp airport manager to help the airport sector

Sara Hales launched aviation consulting firm Avistra Aviation Consulting

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Experienced Airport and Commercial Manager, Sara Hales

Experienced Airport and Commercial Manager, Sara Hales

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Avistra Aviation Consulting launched Consulting to help airport sector recover and grow post COVID-19.

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A brand new, innovative, Queensland-based aviation consulting firm, Avistra Aviation Consulting (Avistra) has launched this week to help the airport sector recover and grow post COVID-19.

As major catalysts for trade and enablers for tourism, airports play a vital role in their communities by providing access to business, leisure and learning opportunities as well as important emergency services infrastructure.

COVID-19 has hit airports extremely hard, with passenger numbers falling by as much as 100 per cent in some instances, as travel bans and border closures continue to stifle national and global connectivity.

With airport revenue slashed while fixed maintenance and upkeep costs for essential infrastructure continue to roll in the challenge for airport businesses is to quickly adapt, rebuild airline services, find new revenue streams and achieve economic sustainability once more.

With a combined 63 years' experience, Avistra is focused on helping airports survive this difficult period through working with airport teams on developing strategies for recovery and sustainable growth post COVID-19.

Located in Brisbane, Avistra is a business venture between well respected aviation consulting and advisory firm, Aviation Projects, and experienced Airport and Commercial Manager, Sara Hales.

"We are pleased to join forces to provide expert advice, innovative thinking and powerful representation for airports across Australia and the South Pacific," Ms Hales said.

"We are dedicated to helping rebuild a thriving, sustainable aviation and airports sector for the benefit of all airport communities.

"Airports must develop strong plans and strategic partnerships to rebuild and grow their aviation services beyond COVID-19. Route development, airline and community expectations have changed. We are in a new normal. Avistra is here to help."

The team at Avistra has real experience in the profitable operation of airports and demonstrated success in driving growth, commercial innovation and diversification in airport businesses.

Avistra offers new thinking, rich analytics and insightful strategic support to airports adjusting their business to suit the new normal.

"We are thrilled to continue the long term sustainable growth of our business and be able to assist our airport clients to achieve their strategic objectives by bringing industry-leading expertise to the task of understanding and preparing for a post-COVID-19 business environment," Senior Consultant and Director, Avistra Aviation Consulting Keith Tonkin said.

"We hope to demonstrate through our own actions in starting this new business that the aviation industry is worth investing in, for the long term benefit of communities and regions and the national economy."

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