THE Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) has stepped up its campaign to remove aircraft movement restrictions at the country’s busiest gateway, releasing a new report that recommends a series of changes at Sydney Airport.
The lobby group said today inflexible restrictions were hampering the domestic aviation network nationally and having a significant impact on productivity.
It called on government to adopt a raft of recommendations in the report, including the removal of hourly caps on aircraft movements and measures to allow backlogs to be cleared after flight delays.
TTF ceo Margy Osmond said reforms contained in the report – Connecting the Dots: Enhancing our National Aviation Network – would deliver significant benefit to the national economy.
“The rigid and outdated operating restrictions at Sydney Airport must be immediately reviewed in order to allow the national aviation network to be more flexible and recover quickly when exceptional circumstances, such as significant weather events, lead to delays and disruptions,” Osmond said.
She said although the planned Western Sydney Airport was welcome, travellers would still face delays and inconveniences ahead of its opening.
“This is a national issue and the restrictions must be reviewed in the context of their impact on the entire network,” Osmond said.