Airservices CEO refutes allegations of regional airlines being subject to higher charges for OneSKY

    Airservices Australia CEO Jason Harfield refuted (09-May-2018) allegations in a report suggesting regional airlines will incur higher charges to fund the OneSKY ATC programme (The Australian, 09-May-2018). Mr Harfield said he was incorrectly quoted from correspondence with Royal Australian Air Force Chief of Air Force Leo Davies. Mr Harfield posted the correspondence in question without any additional information added: “The majority of Darwin and Townsville air traffic movements are civil and the management of air traffic at these locations has a significant impact on the domestic network. With civil operations able to be managed safely, and significantly more efficiently, from a consolidated location, Airservices is able to justify accepting the cost of the required infrastructure into Brisbane and recover this from existing charges. Feedback from major airlines is that they see a significant benefit in closer alignment with civil operations and are supportive of any reasonable fee increase to achieve this outcome”. Mr Harfield also confirmed a letter was sent to airlines on 01-Mar-2018, formally stating: “There will be no increase in charges to our customers to deliver OneSKY”. [more – original PR]