Canberra Airport provides support to the community, be it individuals or organisations through the Snow Foundation.
Another major initiative of the airport is a school education program called The AirKidets Flight’scool. This program focuses on educating local and regional primary school children on the aviation industry and the important role an airport plays in the community.
Beyond this, Canberra Airport also makes a wide range of contributions to the local region in the form of event sponsorship, charitable donations or through organising major events. Some examples of our commitment to the community include:
Airport Open Day
Held every two years, the Canberra Airport Open Day offers the community a chance to get up close to the aviation industry and is our way of thanking the regional community for their continuous support.
Visitors are able to climb aboard aircraft of our key operators in the aviation industry, marvel at thrilling aerobatic displays by modern, historical and military aircraft and interact with the airport Fire Brigade and Australian Federal Police.
The most recent Airport Open Day was held on Sunday 25 March 2012 and included a live broadcast from the Today Show, view below. Our next Open Day is scheduled for March 2014.
National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia is a key tourism driver in the ACT, with their exhibitions injecting millions of dollars into the ACT economy. Canberra Airport recognised the importance of this and in 2011 became a major partner of their major summer exhibitions. This sponsorship included the successful 2011/2012 Renaissance exhibition and will include the 2012/2013 Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition.
The Renaissance exhibition of 15th and 16th century Italian paintings from Accademia Carrara, Bergamo attracted almost 213,000 visitors from all over Australia to Canberra.
Visitors to the Renaissance exhibition injected an estimated $75 million into the ACT economy. 81% of these visitors came from outside the ACT with almost 20% of these coming from Melbourne and Victoria. This represents the highest visitation from this state at an exhibition held by the Gallery.
Touslouse-Lautrec: Paris & The Moulin Rouge (14 Dec 2012 – 2 April 2013)
A great opportunity for the Australian public to see a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the art of French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in painting, drawing, posters and prints.
The exhibition will trace Toulouse-Lautrec’s career from his earliest works to his extraordinary depictions of the Paris social scene, the dance halls, the café-concerts, the bordellos and theatres.
Jerrabomberra Community Bank
In 2011, Canberra Airport announced its support for the Jerrabomberra Community Banking Project. These projects generate employment opportunities, retain local capital in communities and provide local investment options for shareholders. Furthermore, they provide much needed access to banking facilities that would be otherwise unavailable without their establishment.