Air­port re­port slammed

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AIR­LINE bod­ies have slammed the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion’s Fi­nal Re­port of its In­quiry into the Eco­nomic Reg­u­la­tion of Air­ports and urged the gov­ern­ment not to adopt its rec­om­men­da­tions.

The re­port was sent to the gov­ern­ment on 21 Jun and made public yes­ter­day, and says that the mon­i­tored air­ports - Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Perth - “have sig­nif­i­cant mar­ket power in aero­nau­ti­cal ser­vices, but they have not sys­tem­at­i­cally ex­er­cised their mar­ket power to the detri­ment of the com­mu­nity.

“There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for sig­nif­i­cant change to the cur­rent form of reg­u­la­tion of aero­nau­ti­cal ser­vices at any of these air­ports at this time,” it says.

The fi­nal re­port also stated that an air­port-spe­cific ne­go­ti­atear­bi­trate would be detri­men­tal & found that al­though prices are likely high for jet fuel, “there is no role for new ac­cess reg­u­la­tion”.

Air­lines for Aus­tralia and NZ (A4ANZ) Chair Graeme Sa­muel said “We note the Fi­nal Re­port is largely un­changed from the draft, de­spite the raft of sub­mis­sions & cred­i­ble ev­i­dence the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion re­ceived in favour of mod­est, sen­si­ble re­form.

“There is a prag­matic, lighthande­d so­lu­tion on the ta­ble: in­de­pen­dent com­mer­cial ar­bi­tra­tion to re­solve dis­putes.”

Mean­while, the Board of Air­line Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Aus­tralia (BARA) said the re­port “con­tin­ues to down­play the gen­uine and le­git­i­mate con­cerns in­ter­na­tional air­lines have over the pro­vi­sion and pric­ing of air­port ser­vices.

“In­ter­na­tional air­lines ask the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to take the known prob­lems in air­port ser­vices se­ri­ously; and that com­mer­cial ar­bi­tra­tion, rather than re­vamped mon­i­tor­ing, fits with de­liv­er­ing value for money in air­port ser­vices and sup­port­ing ef­fi­cient air­craft op­er­a­tions,” BARA said in a state­ment.

To down­load the fi­nal re­port, CLICK HERE.

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