Second Sydney Airport Urged
Anthony Albanese, Transport Minister, urged the government to build a second airport in Sydney. The proposal is aimed at increasing national productivity and also promoting tourism in the country.
Albanese’s call came after an independent report showed that congestion in Sydney airport is growing. The congestion results to delays and poor service. The 3,200-page report was a result of a two-year study on Sydney’s aviation industry.
The report also recommended that the second airport be built in Badgerys Creek. Albanese, on the other hand, proposed that it should be built in Wilton near Campbelltown.
Transport Minister Albanese also criticized NSW Premier Barry O’ Farrell for rejecting calls for a second airport. Farrell said a second airport would add to aircraft noise and would greatly disturb the community. He opposed the proposal of building the second airport in Badgerys Creek.
Albanese, however, said that the issue should not be decided on a personal bias. He reiterated that the country needs another Sydney airport as soon as possible.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said that building a second airport in Sydney is inevitable. NSW opposition leader John Robertson and Qantas chief executive official Alan Joyce are in also in favor of another airport.
The issue on building a second airport is timely. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced that Sydney has been judged the worst airport in Australia. It ranks lowest in terms of service quality.
Respondents to the study also rated Australian airports in terms of availability of facilities and are size.