40 years of service recognised

Bob Urquhart has been recognised for decades of service.

Bob Urquhart has been recognised for decades of service.

City of Greater Geraldton Airport Manager, Bob Urquhart, has been recognised for his dedication after taking out the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Airport Industry.

Mr Urquhart attended the Australian Airports Association National Convention Gala Dinner on the Gold Coast on Tuesday evening where he was awarded the national prize.

“It was must unexpected but it was spectacular to be recognised by my peers,” Mr Urquhart said.

“It’s a specialised industry and I’ve accumulated a vast bank of knowledge over the years.”

Mr Urquhart has been in the industry for over 40 years and reflected on his career.

“When I first started we used a pen and paper and a telex machine,” he said.

“I’ve watched the advent of aviation security and screening and the implementation of new age technology.

“Our team at the Geraldton Airport is always at the forefront and we have led the way in a lot of innovation that has happened in regional airports.”

City CEO, Ken Diehm, praised Mr Urquhart for his passion and dedication.

“Bob has proven himself to be an integral part of the operational running of the airport and we are extremely proud that he has been awarded for his efforts,” he said.

The industry stalwart isn’t a stranger to the spotlight after he was appointed to the prestigious National Board of the Australian Airports Association last year.

Mr Urquhart was pleased to report back from the Gold Coast that Qantas had announced they will operate jet aircrafts out of Geraldton starting next year.