21 FEB 15
TRANSPORT minister, Dean Nalder has released the first State Aviation Strategy for Western Australia. It details the support of the economic and social development of the aviation sector in the region, primarily liaising with Perth Airport, encouraging competition on intrastate routes, develop tourism and improve planning in regional airports across the state.
The state government also calls for the identification of suitable sites to plan for a future second Perth Airport in the metropolitan area.
They also call for the development of key infrastructure at Perth Airport including a new parallel runway by 2020 to meet the demand for FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) services and increased activity on the international sector.
Perth Airport is the fastest growing capital city airport in Australia. Nalder says that;
Effective and efficient air services are crucial to WA’s economic and social development and play an integral role in catering to the needs of a range of sectors, including mining and resources, corporate, tourism and leisure – while also providing vital air services to communities across the State,
The State Government will work in close collaboration with the Australian Government, airports, local councils, airlines and the resources sector to ensure the timely provision of safe, affordable and efficient aviation services.
The timely provision of aviation infrastructure at Perth Airport, including the development of a third runway, is essential to keep up with our State’s growth. The Department of Transport will work closely with the Australian Government and Perth Airport on its forecasting, and master and infrastructure planning, to ensure the airport keeps pace with future demand.
You can read the Department of Transport’s State Aviation Strategy in full here.
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