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Problems in #aviation in regional and Rural Queensland

The article in the Mt Isa paper demonstrates only part of the problem facing #aviation in Australia. A lot of these problems have been foisted on us by an unworkable aviation rule set, price gouging by Councils [and airport “owners”], air services charges, ASIC issues,  security, #casa impossible and micro management rules.

The Mayor gets some of this complex situation, but, respectfully, needs to look deeper at the malaise that pervades the aviation industry as a whole.

Now we have various Council’s trying to overcharge GA [General Aviation] aircraft for usage and parking.A good example is the recent case where Wagga Council backed out of charging for overnight stays and excessive cost imposed on GA aircraft and owner’s in the past 2 weeks.

AOPA Australia is dealing with some of the matters:

Airservices Australia

Another major problem.

Further, the effect of the bad regulatory set that the regulator has “developed”, is having serious impacts on rural and regional areas throughout Australia, but particularly in Queensland, NT and Western Australia on the following areas: 

  1. Maintenance; 
  2. Pilot training; 
  3. Pilot availability; 
  4. Ownership; 
  5. Engineer training 
  6. Aviation medicals 
  7. Compatibility with overseas regulations and certification 
  8. Other matters 

Parts 61, 141, 91, 125, 135, 66, 146 CASR 2016, 210 CAAct s9A, 28BD all demonstrate the problems of CASA, who attempt to micro manage an industry out of existence. 

There is some good news amongst this, the LNP in Queensland are moving towards appropriate changes to the Aviation Act, to reflect risk management, rather than the un-measurable “safety” as reflected in s9A and deal with the underlying issues of broadly “corruption” using the route of a judicial inquiry.

Judicial inquiry policy for QLD LNP of #casa

The North West Star

High priced airfares affecting Mount Isa’s economy

INFLATED PRICES: Mount Isa City Council is demanding a better deal from airlines and Government to help stimulate the region’s economy. Photo: Supplied

INFLATED PRICES: Mount Isa City Council is demanding a better deal from airlines and Government to help stimulate the region’s economy. Photo: Supplied

Mount Isa City Council is demanding a better deal from airlines and governments to help stimulate the region’s economy and make air travel more affordable for local families.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said high priced air travel was holding back efforts to attract new jobs and investment to Mount Isa and isolating those who chose to live and work in the city.

Council said it had prepared a detailed submission to the Senate inquiry investigating the operation, regulation and funding of air services to rural, regional and remote communities.

The submission follows a Mount Isa City Council motion at the Australian Local Government Association annual conference in Canberra in June 2017 calling for the federal government “to ensure the cost of airfares and transport in remote and rural areas provides economic and affordable access to all residents.”

Cr McCulloch said the excessive cost of air travel for Mount Isa residents and visitors was unjust and out of step with government objectives to develop northern Australia and grow regional economies.

“How can the Australian Government talk up the development of northern Australia when airfares out of Mount Isa are three times the cost of flights from metropolitan centres?” she said.

“It’s cheaper to fly internationally than it is from Mount Isa to Brisbane.”

Cr McCulloch said Qantas and other airlines profited from people’s stress and grief in emergencies, charging huge sums for people who booked late while the planes themselves were not optimal.

“Qantas aircraft used on the Mount Isa routes are often ageing and unreliable, and onboard food and entertainment can be rare luxuries,” she said.

The council’s recommendations are grouped around five themes: airfare parity, price monitoring, cost reductions, competition enhancements and subsidies.

They called on “governments and industry” to:

  • Act to ensure airfares in regional; and remote Queensland are comparable in price to air services between the major metropolitan centres in Australia and along coastal Queensland
  • Remove excise taxed on aviation fuel used by regional and remote airlines and exempting regional airlines from paying  Airservices Australia charges
  • Direct the ACCC to monitor prices at Australia’s regional airports and to approve the prices at the major airports for regional air services
  • Allow overseas airlines to operate in regional Australia
  • Establish an ongoing, formalised program of cooperation between Government and regional airlines to identify further opportunities to reduce airline operating costs.

Cr McCulloch said they also called on the Queensland government to expand its financial support for aviation in regional parts of the state.

“The Queensland government’s per capita expenditure on public transport in regional and remote Queensland should at least match their per capita expenditure in south-east Queensland,” she said.

“This is about a fair go for regional Queensland, plain and simple, and we welcome this opportunity to make our voices heard.”

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