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Published on : Wednesday, December 4, 2013
An airport at Badgerys Creek should operate without the same arbitrary restrictions which reduce the capacity at Sydney Airport, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said a curfew-free airport at Badgerys Creek would be essential to cater for Sydney’s future aviation needs.
“It makes no sense to lock in the same inefficiencies at Badgerys Creek that hamper operations at Sydney Airport,” Mr Morrison said.
“However, Western Sydney residents need not be concerned about aircraft noise because the reality is the airport will not be operational for some years and it will take some time after that for aircraft movements to build up.
“Even when that time comes, good planning around the Badgerys Creek site means that relatively few residents will be affected by aircraft noise, allowing Sydney to reap the benefits of a curfewfree airport with minimal impact to the community.
“In addition, newer planes and improved technology means aircraft noise is continually reducing,with modern aircraft 75 per cent quieter than they were 40 years ago.
“Curfew-free airports are major economic drivers, with a study last year finding that a curfew at Brisbane Airport would cost Queensland $13.6 billion over the next two decades.
“In recognition of this, a study of local residents indicated that 71 per cent didn’t support the introduction of a curfew at Brisbane Airport.
“A Badgerys Creek airport will provide job opportunities for Western Sydney, reducing the need for residents to leave the area for work, as well as helping to develop the region’s economy.
“A curfew-free airport at Badgerys Creek would be a massive boost for a tourism powerhouse like Sydney and give Western Sydney businesses better access to air freight and passenger travel.
“It would allow for more convenient flight schedules, additional international flights and low-cost fares into and out of Sydney, which is Australia’s premier international gateway and a critical hub in Australia’s domestic aviation network.”