Well, at least we are not THE WORST.
Perth Airport has once again fallen behind in the annual ACCC survey of all Australian airports. Perth Airport is now Australia’s second worst airport just infront of Sydney’s.
Now, it does not come as a surprise to some as seen in some rather discouraging comments on the Skytrax website. The Australian Consumer and Competition Watchdog criticised Perth Airport Pty Ltd for delaying investments in the airport’s infrastructure. This comes in as many days after Troy Buswell, the Minister for Transport – WA Government asked a “please-explain” type question about why planning for the crucially needed third runway has not been completed, or started for that matter.
ACCC Commissioner, Joe Dimasi said Perth (and Sydney) Airports are leaving infrastructure investment to the last minute. Although the extraordinary growth the airport has seen over the past few years, it still needed to keep up with better infrastructure which it currently is lacking.
“Airports are a very important part of the economy and they must monitor more closely traffic trends”
The ACCC also reported that no airport in Australia reported ratings higher than ‘Good’ overall for the first time since the 2007-2008 period.
“It is apparent that continued growth in passenger numbers at most airports are placing pressure on existing aeronautical infrastructure, contributing to lower service standards,” he said. “More investment is required to avoid excessive congestion and ensure that the needs of Australia’s travellers can be adequately accommodated.
Perth Airport CEO, Brad Geatches said that the airport was investing in $750 million for a redevelopment program.
We engage with stakeholders (including government, airlines and the resource sector) to inform our forecasts and have redevelopment plans in place that are both modular and flexible to respond to any changes in demand”
He also promised that by next year, passengers will be able to see a change in the way they travel through the airport. The opening of the new terminal to cater for the fly-in-fly-out population has really helped.
The ACCC warned though that a lack of further investment may lead to slower growth and capacity restraints. Over the past 10 years, the quality of services across all of Australia’s airports had relatively stayed the same. The falling trend of on-time departures and arrivals was worrying to all the Australian airports.
The rankings for the five airports are shown :
1. Brisbane Airport – Good
2. Adelaide Airport – Satisfactory
3. Melbourne Airport – Satisfactory
4. Perth Airport – Satisfactory
5. Sydney Airport – Satisfactory
You can view the report at the ACCC website.
Image : ©Hayden Lamb Photography – Used with permission