The head of aviation’s governing body has told procrastinating politicians to get on with the job of selecting a second airport for Sydney.
A failure to act now will lead to “missed opportunities”, said Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“We have two decades to select a site, sort out all the necessary approvals, acquire land, upgrade surface transport, get the airport built and, of course, figure out how to pay for it all,” he said. “That is not a lot of time for such a mammoth and important project.
“Australia needs to do business with Asia. But that’s going to be difficult if it does not have the airport hub capacity to facilitate the needed connectivity.
“Further procrastination will only lead to missed opportunities for economic growth. The challenge is to break out of the endless cycle of studies, make a decision and get on with it.”
Turning to the Passenger Movement Charge, Tyler said “economic damage” was being done by the tax.
“If it were removed we would expect a 2.5% boost to traffic," he said. "That would add $1.7 billion to the Australian economy and generate some 17,000 jobs. So the economy has more to gain from removing the PMC than from keeping it in place.”
Airline alliance Skyteam has opened a new lounge at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport. It is available for Elite Plus, first and business class passengers flying on any on the alliance's 10 airlines serving Istanbul.
Skyteam predict the lounge will serve around 70,000 passengers each year.
Brisbane home show exhibitions, the Courier Mail Home Show and the Sunday Mail Home Show & Outdoor Living Expo are returning to the city's convention and exhibition centre as their future base.
Melbourne-based Exhibitions and Events Australia, which owns the shows, has secured the venue from this year through to 2020.
The Outdoor Living Expo takes place between September 6 and 8 with the Home Show scheduled for February 27 to March 2.
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