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Ice makes a rare impact on Australian flights

While frost is relatively common over many Australian airports, delays caused by aircraft icing like those being reported from Melbourne Airport this morning are rare.

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Vietnam pushes on with massive airport for Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is reported as having further advanced the construction of a massive new hub airport for Ho Chi Minh City which will could grow to a capacity to handle more than 100 million passengers a year by the middle of the century.

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Xenophon hits out at 2nd Sydney Airport ‘monopoly’ risks

One of the disturbing things about Sydney’s much needed second airport at Badgerys Creek is the unwillingness of the major parties to do anything to break the monopoly pricing situation that would arise if it becomes owned by the same interests as the existing airport.

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Does Labor really want a jet curfew at Sydney’s new airport?

Federal Labor’s spokesperson on transport, infrastructure and tourism Anthony Albanese, has taken issue with tweets made today by Plane Talking about his opposition to the new  Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek being operated as a jet curfew free airport.

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Greens savaged over Sydney airport stupidity, but wait, there’s more

Labor’s infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese has written a withering critique of the Greens’ 2nd Sydney Airport lunatic policies in The Australian today. But he has remained silent on his withdrawal of support for a curfew free Badgerys Creek, which would cripple it.

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Second Sydney Airport discussions fail to mention bank fees

The one thing that could seriously damage a second Sydney Airport, and new and improved road and rail links, wasn’t discussed at the recent talk fest about how good that project will be for economic growth. And that was bank or finance fees.

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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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