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ACCC regulatory report for Phase II airports.

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

ACCC Regulatory Report for Phase II Airports

A63/2003 13th June 2003

An Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report monitoring price and quality of service at Australia’s Phase II airports has been welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson.

Mr Anderson said that the ACCC Regulatory Report for Phase II Airports 2001-02 showed that the Commonwealth’s airports pricing policy was on track.

Phase I airports are those first privatised through 50 year lease arrangements (with an option to renew for 49 years) in 1997, while Phase II airports are those privatised the following year.

“Under the Airports Act 1996, all the Phase I, eight Phase II airports, and Sydney airport are required to provide financial and quality of service information to the ACCC as part of their regulatory oversight,” Mr Anderson said.

“The report indicates that all these airports continued to have positive earnings before interest and tax in 2001-02.”

The ACCC Regulatory Report for Phase II Airports 2001-02 includes a brief overview of results for Phase I airports, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, and also Sydney airport and covers pricing practices and quality of service levels at the eight Phase II airports:

Ñ Adelaide

Ñ Alice Springs

Ñ Canberra

Ñ Gold Coast (Coolangatta)

Ñ Darwin

Ñ Hobart

Ñ Launceston

Ñ Townsville

Mr Anderson also complimented the eight Phase II airports on their commitment to high standards of service.

“Quality of service monitoring was introduced for Phase II airports in 2000-01. The results of airline surveys indicate that airline users at Phase II airports are generally satisfied with the quality of service,” Mr Anderson said.

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