Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has stated (17-Feb-2017) that the “continued cap on aircraft movements at Sydney Airport is fast becoming a cap on international visitor arrivals at Australia’s largest gateway”.
CEO Margy Osmond has warned the constraints are “crippling” Sydney Airport’s capability to receive more international services and build visitor numbers and urged restrictions:
“[the current constraints] must to be reviewed to enable the growth of our international visitor economy to continue”.
TTF has urged the Australian Government to implement the following reforms:
- Increase hourly slot caps and movement caps from 80 to 90 aircraft per hour “to meet peak demand and prepare for growth not just in international traffic, but also domestic flights”;
- Eliminate the measure restricting movements to 20 per 15 minutes “to enable much greater flexibility in aircraft movements within the legislated hourly caps”;
- Align aircraft slot and movement rules at Sydney Airport with other developments such as airport terminal expansion, in readiness for expected increases in tourist arrivals.
TTF: Airport restrictions endanger tourism surge from North Asia and the US
CEO Margy Osmond also suggested (17-Feb-2017) that current restrictions at Sydney Airport are endangering growth given the current tourism surge from North Asia and the US.
This surge, particularly from China, South Korea, Japan and the US, has increased the number of long-haul services into Sydney Airport, with many arriving early in the morning.
Ms Osmond warned airlines are increasingly unable to secure early access at times passengers most want to arrive, or when long-haul aircraft arrive early. She added airlines are operating with new generation aircraft that have “dramatically” lower noise and emissions, but restrictions are, “increasingly constraining the ability of international tourists to enter our country, many of them at the end of long overnight flights.”