Melbourne Airport is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorie Argus as Chief Executive Officer of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC), which manages and operates Melbourne and Launceston Airports.

Lorie is currently Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Aviation and has helped drive the airport’s post-Covid recovery by securing new airlines, new routes and renewed capacity. 

Lorie previously served as Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Landside Access, Utilities and Facilities, and in seven years at APAC has gained considerable insight into all facets of the business and shaped numerous long-term growth strategies.

Prior to landing at Melbourne Airport, Lorie spent ten years at Virgin Australia including time as Manager of International Airport Operations and General Manager of Ground Operations.

Lorie’s appointment will take effect from July 1, 2022 and will allow for a period of transition as Lyell Strambi steps away from the role on June 30, after successfully steering Melbourne Airport through the most challenging period in its history.

Quotes attributable to APAC board chair Peter Hay

“After an extensive global search, we are delighted to be appointing one of APAC’s own to the role of CEO.

“Lorie brings a wealth of aviation experience, a detailed knowledge of our business, and a great passion for the people who make the airport work.

“The board is impressed by her customer-focused approach and her ability to deliver creative solutions to complex problems”.

Quotes attributable to Lorie Argus

 “I’m incredibly excited to be leading the team at Melbourne Airport as we continue our recovery and the work we’ve done to create new opportunities.

“It has been a difficult few years for Melbourne, but I’ve been so impressed by the efforts of our people to not only keep the airport operating, but also to create a stronger business. 

“I’m proud to take on the leadership of Melbourne Airport’s team and look forward to delivering the upgrades that are so critical for both the airport and Victoria.

“The third runway project will ensure we have capacity to cater for our state’s growing population and freight task for decades to come, and our terminal upgrades will provide passengers with a world-class airport experience.

“Lyell leaves an incredible legacy, and my goal is to build on that to make Melbourne Airport the Australian destination of choice for international carriers, and an airport our city can be proud of”.

Quotes attributable to Lyell Strambi

 “It has been a privilege to lead the team at Melbourne Airport and I’m confident I’ll be leaving it in very good hands.

“In my seven years as CEO the airport has experienced record highs and record lows.

“I’ve been particularly proud and humbled by the way our people handled the Covid-19 crisis and the drive and commitment they show to keep improving, even in the toughest of circumstances.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Melbourne Airport for their support, as well as our airlines, retailers, tenants and suppliers.

“I’d also like to acknowledge my appreciation for the backing Peter and the board of directors have provided.

“After more than 40 years working in aviation, I’m looking forward to rebalancing my life and spending my time at Melbourne Airport as a passenger”.