Australia shows liberal hand
The current government says it will continue to pursue liberalisation policies but "liberalisation needs to be balanced with what is in the nation's interest, as our aviation industry competes in an environment where not all countries apply the same rules".
It says maintaining a ban on foreign airlines operating beyond Australia to the USA will give local carrier Virgin Blue's new long-haul arm V Australia, which launches in February, a "reasonable opportunity to establish its operations".
"One of the few competitive rights Australia does have is access to the transpacific route between Australia and the United States," adds the government, which says it "has no immediate plans for additional third country access to the route at this time".
In another potentially controversial move, the government is reviving studies for a new airport for Sydney, the country's largest city. After the existing Sydney Airport completes a five-yearly revision of its master plan in 2009 "the government proposes to begin a process to identify additional capacity for the Sydney region, consistent with government policy of support for a second airport for Sydney".
A previous Labor government proposed a second airport for Sydney many years ago but it was ultimately shelved. The current government warns: "The pressure on Sydney Airport and the demand for aviation capacity in the greater Sydney region is an ongoing cause for concern. Sydney Airport is approaching capacity and there is broad community support for the maintenance of a legislated curfew and cap on movements at Sydney Airport."
Also included in the Green Paper are proposals to improve safety oversight by establishing an independent board for the regulatory Civil Aviation Safety Authority and making national accident investigator, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, an independent statutory body.
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