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Sydney 2nd airport curfew row started with campaign brain fade

The current row over a curfew for Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek began with a spur of the moment reversal of Labor policy over the issue in the heat of a moment in campaigning for the last month’s NSW state election.

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Qantas sets up 717 heavy maintenance base in Canberra

In a move that is good politics as well as good business Qantas is putting a heavy maintenance base for its Boeing 717s in Canberra later this year.

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Far Western Sydney Airport to generate heat, light and jobs

In what  government insiders say will be marketed as a broadening of the vision for Sydney’s future, Prime Minister Abbott will later today unveil his Far Western Connect project, an extension of what was formerly known as the WestConnex road for the Future until the language police  prevailed.

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NZ leaning control tower plan may be a day too soon

Today’s notable aviation image comes from New Zealand, with not a jet in sight. It’s an air traffic control tower for Wellington airport that totally outdoes the leaning tower of Pisa, and, it may be a day too soon.

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Greens propose closing Sydney Airport while buying its rail link

If the Labor decision to cripple a second Sydney Airport with a curfew was a surprise move in the current NSW State election campaigns, consider the plan by the Greens to close the existing airport and abandon the second airport project.

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Labor kicks massive own goal over 2nd Sydney Airport

It didn’t take long this morning for the wings to fall off Labor’s efforts to score state election points with its support for the second Sydney Airport project at Badgerys Creek in the city’s far west.

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Hong Kong Airport stalemate means CX and city both losers

The implication in a statement from Cathay Pacific about Hong Kong airport last night means that the  airline and the city state’s economy have jointly screwed themselves through the stalemate over building a much needed third runway.

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Canberra’s international ambitions dashed by Air NZ

Despite the logical strength of the case for international flights to Canberra, the business case continues to fail in presentations to such key prospects as Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines. The latest rebuff is reported in the Canberra Times today.

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Why a 2nd Sydney Airport has nothing to do with Blue Mountains heritage status

Editorial The media silly season has finally arrived with the SMH website declaring that the world heritage status  of the Blue Mountains is at risk because of the go ahead for a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

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Bigger Australian airports want more foreign flights

Seeking a Qantas bypass, airports ask for more Qatar, Emirates and Etihad jets in a cause that will inflame protectionist versus free trader conflicts

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Etihad’s new X factor terminal reshapes airport competition

Why there needs to be a discussion about transport infrastructure costs in Australia, whether in airports, rail or roads.

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Sydney’s 2nd Airport to be big jet capable from Day 1

Updated The Badgerys Creek airport site in western Sydney will be able to take the world’s largest, heaviest and longest ranging jets from the day it opens after the infrastructure (and aviation) minister Warren Truss said it would have a 4000 metre runway from the moment the ribbon gets cut. 

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How can city metro airports be saved from big box retailers?

An heroic effort is being made today by the Australian Airports Association to give the small or metro airports in the major cities a future.

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Why Wellcamp Airport is REALLY important

The opening of Wellcamp airport, way ,way ,way to the west of Brisbane today, ought to strike fear into the heart of those who push grossly inflated prices for new transport infrastructure projects in Australia. Or alternatively, deep envy at a political and public level. 

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Should Sydney’s 2nd Airport celebrate Lawrence Hargrave?

Should Sydney’s second major airport be named after one of the great unsung heroes of Australian, indeed, world aviation, the modest but far sighted box kite and curved airfoil innovator, Lawrence Hargrave?

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Boeing, market forecasts, and … crowded Sydney Airport

There is a special form of agony involved in sitting arm-in-sling through an excellent Boeing market forecast in which no-one actually discussed whether or not the projected growth would ever fit into Sydney Airport.

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Bradfield, a fitting if ironic name for Sydney’s 2nd Airport

Naming Sydney’s 2nd airport for a man with such astonishing connections with turbulent politics in NSW is an act of generous genius by PM Abbott

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Polar poker: China plays its ace in Australian Antarctica

China’s announcement that it will build an airstrip a comparatively short distance from Australia’s Davis station will make it the dominant air power in this country’s large territorial claim in Antarctica by the end of this decade.

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