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Thursday, 17 February 2000
Page: 13887

Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 8 December 1999:

(1) Is it a fact that (a) Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (KSA) serves 53 international, national and regional carriers, (b) KSA handles 45% of Australia's total flights, or 275 000 aircraft movements a year, yet it occupies the smallest piece of land of any of the country's major airports and (c) in terms of commercial aviation movements, KSA is an Asia Pacific leader and that KSA ranks comparably with New York's LaGuardia and JFK airports, and well ahead of Singapore's Changi airport and Tokyo's Haneda airport.

(2) Has his attention been drawnto claims by Qantas pilots that KSA is the most disorganised airport in their network.

(3) Is he concerned by the pilots' concerns and what steps will he take to ensure that the pilots' concerns are addressed.

Mr Anderson (Deputy Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) At 30 June 1999, Sydney KSA was served by a total of 53 carriers, including 38 international scheduled airlines (including 6 cargo airlines and excluding codeshare services). There were also 2 domestic airlines (Ansett and Qantas) and 13 regional airlines operating scheduled services at the airport.

(1) (b) Sydney KSA handled an estimated 249,750 scheduled airline aircraft movements in the 1998/99 year, accounting for 43.7% of Australia's scheduled international airline aircraft movements, 21.9% of domestic airline aircraft movements (Ansett and Qantas) and an estimated 14.3% of regional airline aircraft movements. Fixed wing aircraft activity at Sydney KSA amounted to some 273,644 aircraft movements in the 1998/99 year.

Sydney KSA occupies a land area of 881 hectares, while the newer Melbourne Tullamarine airport has an area of 2,365 hectares, Brisbane airport covers 2,685 hectares and Australia's fourth major airport, Perth airport is 2,110 hectares in area. Australia's other major airports include Adelaide airport with an area of 762 hectares and Hobart airport with 499 hectares while Darwin airport is situated on 306 hectares.

(1) (c) According to the Airports Council International's annual worldwide traffic report for 1998, Sydney KSA, with a total of 279,152 aircraft movements (including helicopter movements), ranked as the world's 49th busiest airport. New York's JFK airport ranked 35th with 362,182 aircraft movements and New York's La Guardia airport ranked 36th with 358,045 aircraft movements in 1998.

The highest ranked Asian airport was Tokyo's Haneda airport with 236,695 aircraft movements (ranked 68th). Bangkok airport in Thailand ranked 98th with 178,458 aircraft movements and Singapore's Changi airport ranked 100th with 177,372 aircraft movements in 1998.

The United States of America (USA) remains the world's leading aviation market with 39 of the top 50 ranked airports. The 451,373 aircraft movements at London's Heathrow airport ranked that airport at number 17, the highest ranked non-USA airport.


(3) NA.