September 25, 2013
PERTH could soon have a new major airport service domestic and international destinations.
The West Australian public have been asked to comment on a drafted legislation to secure the state’s aviation assets. Early work has begun on finding a suitable site for the new urban centre airport.
“Experience in NSW strongly suggests identifying and protecting a suitable site for a second Perth metropolitan airport now represents good forward planning, even though the current airport is likely to meet Perth’s requirements for the next 40 to 50 years”
The WA Government has said in a document released today that it will cooperate with Airservices Australia and other Commonwealth agencies to effectively decide on a new airport. This comes as Perth Airport is nearing the end of planning and the start of construction of a third parallel runway which will hopefully cope with the influx of passengers passing through the airport every year.
Earlier in the year, Perth Airport was rated one of the worst airports in Australia with ratings for international traffic down from previous years.
“Extraordinary levels” of the resource sector and fly-in-fly-out workers was to blame. The document also goes on to discuss a new general aviation airport to aid the ailing Jandakot Airport which is at it’s peak. It also asks for a new emergency and alternate airport no more than an hour away from Perth. Learmonth Airport in the north of the state, and Adelaide, are currently used as emergency alternative airports, usually in the case of fog or bad weather affecting Perth.
“The criteria for an emergency airport include a suitable runway and airside infrastructure, separation from weather systems affecting Perth, and being within an hour’s flying distance from Perth”
December 23 is the deadline for all comments.
So what do you think? Should Perth really need a new airport? Comment below and we’ll feature them. (Comments will be moderated)
Photo : L. McConville – Editor