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Leonardo DiCaprio highlights perverse Aussie airport rule

September 5, 2013 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A major Australian tourism lobby group has used the behaviour of American film star Leonardo DiCaprio on New Year’s Eve to highlight what it calls a major flaw in Australia’s airport rules.

Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) chief executive Ken Morrison said the Coalition’s Policy on Aviation gave some hope that the flaw might be fixed.

“The curfew rules at Adelaide and Sydney ban all night flights of passenger aircraft, but permits one specific ageing freighter aircraft and a raft of older business jets,” Morrison said. EGT_Artical Banner A 250x250

This had led to some “perverse behaviour”, he added.

“Last New Year’s eve, for example, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio had to use a 1960s-design private jet to fly from Sydney to Canberra where he picked up a newer, quieter intercontinental jet to fly back to Las Vegas to celebrate there too.

“The list of allowable aircraft for Adelaide Airport has not been updated since 2000. The list of allowable aircraft for Sydney Airport has not been updated since 2005.”

The release of the Coalition’s Policy for Aviation paved the way for serious reform of this artificial restriction hampering air transport growth in two of Australia’s major cities, Morrison said.

He said the Coalition pledge to review the list of business and private charter aircraft permitted to operate at Adelaide and Sydney airports was “a good first step on the path towards incentivising quieter, modern aircraft over older, noisier types.

“The Coalition’s policy recognises the absurdity of legislation that fails to take into account the massive gains made by aircraft manufacturers in making significantly quieter aircraft.

“Governments around the world have found ways to both incentivise quiet aircraft and also allow expansion of aviation activity. We would encourage a future Australian government to also look at permitting the quietest, next-generation passenger aircraft to operate at dusk and dawn.

“There are also other areas where we congratulate the Coalition on following policies essential to the continued growth of air transport in Australia. Australia already has a world-class reputation for air traffic management and aviation safety and we welcome the Coalition’s focus on these.

“The aviation industry and tourism sector more broadly will benefit from a planned Aviation Industry Consultative Council that would give them direct access to the minister.

“The Coalition has also reaffirmed industry’s view that the motivation behind the federal government’s 2012 raise in the Passenger Movement Charge rate to AUD 55 was revenue raising. We now urge the Coalition to commit to both freeze and review this tax if in office.”

Australia’s Federal Election is scheduled for this Saturday (7 September 2013), with the Opposition Coalition widely tipped to defeat and replace the country’s incumbent Labour Government.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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