Australias political leaders have been told to use their common sense, with local tourism heads urging the government to consider facts when deciding the fate of a second Sydney Airport.
Tourism Industry Council NSW (TIC) general manager Andrew Jefferies said recent talks for a second airport have been swayed by politics and marginal seats while ignoring the realities and needs of New South Wales.
Mr Jefferies said the countrys leaders could commence assisting local tourism simply by relaxing Sydney Airports movement cap.
Currently Sydney is restricted to just 80 arrivals and departures per hour despite NSW Government investigations identifying that the airports natural capacity can handle up to 90 movements every hour.
A simple amendment to this legislation in the Federal Parliament could be moved by the Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, giving Sydney Airport the additional capacity to build additional flights and allow Government the time to plan and develop a second Airport in the Sydney basin, TIC said.
In regards to chatter of a possible high speed rail link between Canberra Airport and Sydney to handle growing traffic, TIC said the project had the potential to become a massive while elephants funded by taxpayer dollars.
The cost of this project is unfunded, unknown and would need the expense of new rail line construction, land rezoning, costly government purchasing of homes and land resumptions in Sydney and the inconvenience of utilising a facility that is 300 kilometres away from the Sydney Central Business District, the tourism Group said.
There is not one example of a successful airport operation anywhere in the world that is located 300 kilometers away from a major city.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J