Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown Considers Expanded Freight Operations
24 November 2011
Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown announced today it advised members of the Bankstown Airport Community Airport Consultative Group held on 17 November 2011, that Bankstown Airport Limited is exploring the feasibility of expanding overnight freight aircraft operations at the Airport.
CEO Colin Grove advised the Group that “The Airport is considering the facilitation of dedicated Boeing 737 freighter aircraft or a similar type at the airport. The Airport currently has regular overnight freight activities undertaken by medium sized propeller driven aircraft.”
It was confirmed by Colin Grove that if the Airport was to pursue increased freight activity it will be subject to rigorous regulatory approvals including a comprehensive Master Plan process, and Major Development Plan which will only be submitted following an extensive public consultation process. Currently the next draft Airport Master Plan is due to be submitted in February 2013.
“The Airport Consultative Group was also informed the Airport was awaiting the release of the Sydney Basin Aviation Capacity Study, which has been commissioned by the Federal and State Governments, and if this study suggests an increased role for the Airport in the Sydney Basin, then a full technical feasibility assessment of the expanded freight operations may be undertaken. The study would review the Airport facilities, airspace management and road traffic management matters in relation to accommodating increased freight operations.
“In regard to any increase in the current limited passenger services approved at the Airport, the Airport is awaiting the outcome of the Sydney Basin Aviation Capacity Study prior to formulating a position in respect of this matter.
CEO Colin Grove emphasised to the Airport Consultative Group that the Airport is obligated and committed to undertake and participate in an open, and transparent consultation process with the community and other relevant stakeholders.
“The Airport management team will continue to outline its plans with the Bankstown Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group, as well as the general public through its ongoing communication programs,” concluded Mr Grove.
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