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Qantas and Jetstar would fly into Badgerys Creek

October 29, 2013 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas and Jetstar would fly services out of a new western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, the carriers have reportedly confirmed.

Qatar Airways has privately told Australia’s government it is interested in running 24-hour operations from a Badgerys Creek airport, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph has reported. 250x250

Pressure is growing for the government to commit to Badgerys Creek, though governments of all persuasions have successfully dithered and sidelined the issue for decades. It’s the perennial hot potato they prefer not to handle.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce feels that a new airport at Badgerys Creek could provide customers with new options and could work for both passengers and airlines.

A new airport would not open until well into the future and would provide major airlines like Qantas with plenty of choices.

The two major figures against Badgerys Creek are NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Sydney Airport Corporation chairman Max Moore-Wilton.

O’Farrell would prefer Sydney’s second airport to be in Canberra and linked to Sydney by high-speed train. There is little support for that option, however.

Moore-Wilton argued against a second airport a few days ago, contending that no one would use Badgerys Creek. Talking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Moore-Wilton came out with the priceless statement: “When people tell me that the concrete trucks are going to start pouring [at Badgerys Creek] in the first term of this government, boy oh boy, I wonder what they have been smoking…”

The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), Australia’s most influential pilot’s union, is all in favour of Badgerys Creek, which it feels would increase competition and lower costs. AIPA president Nathan Safe says that having just one airport in Sydney with relatively high landing fees equates to a general lack of competition in the airport market.

Safe said Sydney Airport was running near capacity, with airliners flying into it required to carry at least 20 minutes worth of extra fuel in case of delays – up to double the amount they need to carry on flights to Melbourne.

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. pamela burt says:

    I am 73 yrs old and this has been moted for about the 3rd time.Can remember the idea being bounced about while in my teens.This is a foggy place and I,m sure the airport (if it ever gets built) would be fog bound for a few months every year.Anyway I,ll be long dead before it ever happens.

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