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M I N I S T E R F O R A V I A T I O N

news release 82/58

AIRPORT CAPACITY IN SYDNEY

The Minister for Aviation, Mr Wal. Fife, today drew

attention to the likelihood that delays and congestion at .

Sydney Airport will worsen in coming years unless remedial ■>

action is taken soon.

"The advice I have before me indicates very clearly

that the position is worsening each day. It is estimated that

the costs of delay at Kingsford Smit! Airport could be as high

as $30m per year. Of this figure the airlines are incurring

direct operating costs of $7m and the remainder is an estimate

of the value of lost passenger time," Mr Fife said.

Mr Fife pointed out. that the Commonwealth had been

prepared since 1979 to proceed with measures to remedy this

problem by construction of a close spaced parallel runway at

Sydney Airport, but regrettably the State Government bad

refused to co-operate, despite expert ad\ice that this would

be the best means of significantly increasing airport capacity

in Sydney to meet demand up to the turn of the century.

"The Commonwealth is also prepared to work in

conjunction with the N.S.W. Government to identify a site

for a second airport against a possible future need," Mr Fife

said* "But obviously State co-operation is needed for such a

step, in view of the State's responsibilities, for instance

in relation to the provision of adequate surface access to

any new site."

Mr Fife indicated tlat he hoped to put proposals

for resolving this vexed question before the Commonwealth

Government in the near future e

"A number of options are under consideration and I

stress that I regard this as a matter of urgency because of the

long lead times which are involved in completing any project

instigated, to remedy the problem, " he said.

23 AUGUST lg82 SYDNEY/CANBERRA