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Badgerys Creek: How it can make huge sums for airlines

The Coalition government’s description of Badgerys Creek beginning as a modest western Sydney airport may be rapidly overtaken by the much more lucrative ambitions of the airlines that want to use it.

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Badgerys Creek roads to cost more than stage 1 of 2nd Sydney Airport

Somewhat overshadowed by the resignation of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell this morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced $2.9 billion in new road works over eight years to improve access to the $2.5 billion estimated cost of the first stage of a second Sydney Airport at the Commonwealth owned Badgerys Creek site.

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Badgerys Creek: A modest start and no forced flight transfers

Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek will start out as a single runway facility with a modest terminal, but no curfew, and no forced tranfers of flights there from existing services to the main Kingsford Smith airport.

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Badgerys Creek to be named 2nd Sydney Airport today (again)

In a universal exclusive the papers are announcing that Cabinet will today agree that Badgerys Creek will be the site of a 2nd Sydney Airport. This time they may be right.

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Melbourne Airport railroaded in Victorian election spiel

The electorally timely announcement by the Premier of Victoria, Dr Denis Napthine, that a Melbourne Airport-City rail link will be built is taking a hammering in the media as a vote grabbing stunt. But does it have merit?

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Avalon’s Hainan Airlines deal could pull in more carriers

Melbourne’s second airport Avalon, could realise its long held international services ambitions if the Hainan Airlines  海南航空公司 deal signed in Shanghai today works as intended.

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Budget to announce $50 domestic boarding gate opener

Exclusive Australian domestic flyers and their airlines will cough up an extra $14 billion in fare levies and an auction for sole use taxiways and dedicated air corridors in the four year forward estimates period to be revealed in the May federal budget according to sources.

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UK develops solution to high wind delays at … Sydney

While it’s commonplace to urge an increase of the 80 movements an hour cap at Sydney Airport, an air traffic strategy devised in the UK could tackle its congestion problems from a different direction, and prevent it failing to reach its combined arrival and departure limit during high winds.

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British Airways A380s close in on Qantas to London flights

BA now has the Qantas A380 services to London in a pincer movement of sorts with the announcement that from late October it will put its big Airbuses on the Heathrow to Singapore route.

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Sydney Airport master plan fails to deflect 2nd airport push

The federal government’s approval of Sydney Airport’s 20 year master plan today to 2033 has not altered its determination to go ahead with a 2nd metropolitan basin airport in Sydney’s West,  and without doubt at the Commonwealth owned Badgerys Creek site.

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Labor makes curfew a condition for 2nd Sydney Airport

A report that the Labor leader Bill Shorten has backed Badgerys Creek for a second Sydney Airport but made that conditional on a jet curfew is reason to urge that he change aviation advisors, if he has one.

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Virgin pilots highlight Sydney Airport’s serious problems

The debate about a second airport for Sydney is fast becoming a matter of safety rather than economics according the Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA).

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Second Sydney Airport ‘hopelessly unaffordable’?

A critique of the ‘woe is us’ attitude to a Sydney West airport, and new Australian transport infrastructure in general.

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Second Sydney Airport to be railroaded?

Although reports of ‘imminent’ cabinet approval for going ahead with a Sydney West airport at the Badgerys Creek site have been numerous, including on Plane Talking, there is at last general media recognition of the rail network development opportunity.

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London airports hint at capital strike as charges are cut

Some light Sunday reading for those who wonder about the wisdom of Australian governments selling natural monopolies like airports to private shareholders is to be found in the UK media over a crackdown on some London airport charges.

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