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Bankstown Airport Perplexed by Master Plan Decision

16 February 2011


Bankstown Airport Limited has today expressed its disappointment with the decision made by The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, to not approve the Bankstown Airport Master Plan.

“At this stage the Airport will review its options in light of the decision” said Mr Colin Grove, CEO, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown

“We do not concur with the Minister’s view that we did not adequately consult with the community, as we consider that we have set a high benchmark in terms of Airport community consultation since the Airport was privatised.  Specifically we consider we exceeded the Airports Act 1996 Regulations regarding community consultation in relation to the Master Plan. The Airport received 245 submissions from the public, which is evidence of an effective consultation process and we adjusted the draft Master Plan significantly as result of the consultation process”

“The Minister contends that the inclusion of a proposal for 32 scheduled passenger movements per day is a significant change to the Airport’s operations. We disagree with the Minister’s contention, as the proposal is an extension of the standing approvals from the Master Plan 2005, for 12 daily movements by Code 3C aircraft. To date a commercial operator has not sought to take up this opportunity.”

“The refused 2010 draft Master Plan clearly states that passenger services is a mid to long term objective likely to start at 16 movement per day progressing to a maximum of 32 movements per day in aircraft smaller than code 3C. Following the consultation process we revised the number of passengers based on smaller aircraft type and demonstrated that if passenger services were to be implemented the impact of this activity would be satisfactorily accommodated within the current Airport facilities.”

“The Airport acknowledges that there is an increase in the proposed number of aircraft but contends the proposed number of scheduled passenger movements would form 2.5 % of total annual movements of all aircraft at the Airport. 

“We note the Minister’s comments regarding study on the future of Sydney’s aviation needs. We continue to propose that Bankstown Airport offers an important role to play in maintaining the commercial viability of general aviation and offers a unique and sustainable approach to niche scheduled passenger services for the growing population of Western Sydney” concluded Mr Grove.”

“The Airport continues to balance the regulatory obligations with the ongoing commercial viability of the Airport,” said Mr Colin Grove, CEO, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown.

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Media information: Meredith Laverty 0414-523-060