Friday, 24 February 2012

Region. Continue access to airport

The Tourism Industry Council NSW said regional flights should continue to access Sydney Airport, following media speculation that such flights use Bankstown Airport and the RAAF Base, at Richmond, to boost capacity at Mascot.

“Even if a second airport in the Sydney Basin is constructed or developed as part of the solution for aviation access in NSW, regional airlines must continue to have guaranteed access to Sydney Airport,” said the council’s GM, Andrew Jefferies.

“The potential loss of business for airlines and communities in regional centres across our state would simply reinforce the perception that Sydney is too difficult to travel to. Any negative perceptions would be detrimental to the economic fortunes of Sydney and the New South Wales economy as a whole.”

Sydney Airport’s, chief executive, Kerrie Mather, has insisted that the airport has the ability to cope with increased demand for flights until at least 2050, despite the federal government stating repeatedly a second airport is needed urgently for the city.



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