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Healthy competition between Australia's airports

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22/91 27 May 1991


Competition between airports in the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) network was a healthy sign for the aviation industry and Australia's travelling public.

The Minister for'Shipping and Aviation- Support, Senator Bob Collins, today told an FAC Management Conference in Alice Springs, that during his visits to FAC airports he had found an aggressive approach towards competition with other

FAC airports.

"Melbourne Airport Management, for example, had shown that they intended to find ways of wresting business from their _ major competitor Sydney Airport."

"The structure of the FAC, with each airport a separate business and being responsible for making a profit contribution, encouraged Airport Managers to fight for a bigger share of the airline business as well as seeking non-aviation ways of making airports profitable."

Senator Collins also praised the progress the Corporation was making in the improvement of Australia's airport facilities.

"They are delivering on their undertaking to the people of the Northern Territory with a new terminal and civil aviation facilities at Darwin and a new terminal at Alice Springs."

"Sydney Airport is also being transformed with extensions to the international terminal building and many other improvements such as rapid exit taxiways are planned to improve traffic management and reduce congestion."

"At Brisbane the Corporation has begun preparation of the site for a new international terminal building."

"Already Australia’s airports are looking good and with the FAC’s capital development program of $2.6 billion by 1995 we can look forward to even better airports in the future."

"The bottom line is that Australia's taxpayers are not carrying the burden for aviation infrastructure, the FAC is", Senator Collins said.

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