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Sydney Metro Airport Ranks 26th Busiest Airport

Sydney Metro Airport Ranks 26th Busiest Airport in the World


12/06/2009

Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown has seen a strong start to the year with growth in aircraft movements. Based on the latest movement data available from AirServices Australia, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown ranks as the 26th Busiest Airport in the world[1] and the busiest airport in Australia.

"The operators at Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown have seen solid growth in business demand for charter, freight and flying training operations. The latest figures released by AirServices Australia shows a record month for Bankstown, with an increase in movements of 7% for the year to date[2]," said Mr Kim Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown.

"In the calendar year ended 2008, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown was the busiest airport in Australia, recording 362,206 movements[3], this was an increase on the figures for 2007. The year to date trend for 2009 is showing an increase on the activity from 2008 for the same period.

"The demand for flying training for both fixed and rotary wing operators is stable. Training schools are reporting continued demand for local and international students in programs at Bankstown. This trend is also mirrored at Sydney Metro Airport Camden, with movements increasing on the previous year.

"The sustained growth in aircraft movements is an encouraging sign for the future of the General Aviation industry, locally and internationally. This activity translates into direct flow-on economic impacts across the Airports and into the wider community with job retention and creation, coupled with the benefit of ongoing demand with related aviation services such as maintenance and other support services.

"In the latest figures released by the Airports Council International, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown ranks in 26th position, behind Mexico City and in front of San Francisco Airports. Many international airports are seeing a decline in movement numbers; however, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown is bucking the downward trend experienced by many airports across the world.

"Our new camera monitoring and billing system is working well. We are able to accurately measure the aircraft using the Airports, giving us a true picture of the services and infrastructure usage, which in turn means we are able to plan our service delivery accordingly.

"We have continued interest in our property business, coupled with a stable tenant base and strong tenant retention; we are well placed to maneuver the wider economic downturn. We have just released four development sites available to be customised to a tenant's requirements in both landside and airside locations.

"The Airport continues to maintain and renew critical airport infrastructure to support the current and future needs of the General Aviation industry. We are committed to the ongoing investment in airport infrastructure, so the Airport remains a strong, viable asset for the aviation industry and wider community," concluded Mr Ellis.



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