Rumours are circulating that Australia’s federal government may place a levy on airline passenger movements to pay for building the coming Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. It would be similar to the departure tax, genteelly termed a “passenger movement charge” by some.
The rumours of yet another charge on travel and aviation have reached the ears of the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF), which expressed its opposition to the proposal.
The Federal Government is said to be considering a levy as high as AUD 15. It would apply to passengers arriving and departing at Australia’s airports.
“Slapping yet another asterisk at the end of a plane ticket with another AUD 10 tax on travellers is just lazy revenue raising,” TTF chief executive Margy Osmond declared.
“The Western Sydney Airport is a nationally significant project. It is vital this goes ahead for the future economic growth and prosperity of Western Sydney.
“Any number of funding mechanisms are available for a project of this scale and we understand several models are under consideration. What is critical is that the funding model does not limit or damage NSW or Australia’s competitiveness.
“Nationally the Federal Government is forecast to raise more than a billion dollars next year alone through the Passenger Movement Charge which is well in excess of the AUD 250 million it costs to facilitate passenger movements at international airports.
“Air travellers are already contributing far more than their fair share and the Government should think very hard before sticking its hand in the pockets of travellers yet again.”
Edited by Peter Needham