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Aussie pilots throw weight behind Badgerys Creek airport

April 30, 2014 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The Australian and International Pilots’ Association are keen to see the development of a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, ushering in an era when Sydney will no longer be the one major world city with a single major airport.

“AIPA has long been a vocal supporter of the Badgerys Creek proposal and we are extremely glad to see it finally announced,” AIPA President Nathan Safe said.

“Today, Sydney stands virtually alone as a major world city with only one major airport. A second airport at Badgerys Creek will finally put an end to this anomaly. Coles-Training_250X250px

“This is an exciting moment for Australian aviation.”

Safe said experienced Australian pilots stood ready to assist with the planning and development of Badgerys Creek.

“A pilot-friendly airport is a passenger-friendly airport, and we want to assist wherever possible to ensure we achieve both at Badgerys,” Safe said.

“Pilots see a lot of airports all around the globe and can offer valuable insight into best practice.

“Pilots are ready to provide expert advice on all aerodrome issues including the layout and composition of runways, taxiways, safety areas, and ramp areas.

“We can offer valuable perspective on aspects like visual aids including approach, runway, taxiway, ramp, marshalling signage and lighting – and the provision of aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting.

“AIPA stands ready to assist and to help make Badgerys Creek a truly world-class airport.”

Sydney’s seemingly endless quest for a second airport has once again settled on Badgerys Creek in the city’s west, long since established as the most suitable site but stymied for well over 50 years for political reasons.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said earlier this month that planning and design work would begin immediately to build the second airport at Badgerys Creek. He expects construction to start in 2016. But nothing is likely to land or take off there till the mid-2020s.

Qantas welcomed the decision. The airline’s chief executive Alan Joyce said the second airport was a vital piece of economic infrastructure for Australia – and Badgerys Creek was clearly the right site.

“Qantas has long supported the building of a second airport at Badgerys Creek, as have a number of detailed studies. After decades of debate, we applaud today’s announcement by the Prime Minister,” Joyce said.

Joyce said the Qantas Group would continue to work closely with Sydney Airport to maximise the use of “this key asset”, including through the rollout of its recently approved Master Plan 2033.

Abbott said Sydney’s airport was the gateway to Australia’s largest city and accounted for 40% of international arrivals and 50% of international airfreight each year. “If no action is taken on a second airport, Australia would lose out on 80,000 additional jobs and AUD 34 billion in economic activity by 2060,” the Prime Minister said.

Here’s a quote on Badgery’s Creek from history’s vaults, 28 years ago, by federal aviation minister Peter Morris in 1986:

“The search for Sydney’s second airport site has concluded with the selection of Badgerys Creek… Because of the thoroughness of this work and the fact that 40 years of indecision by previous governments has been brought to an end, I am confident of a broad measure of support for our decision.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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