Ease Sydney Airport curfew and add more flights, says New South Wales

May 24, 2014

Jamie Freed, Jacob Saulwick

Andrew Stoner.

Battle for more flights through Sydney Airport: NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner. Photo: James Brickwood

The NSW government intends lobbying Canberra for more flights through Sydney Airport, potentially in the early morning and late at night.

The airport is restricted to 80 an hour but NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said he would be “vigorously lobbying” his federal counterparts for change.

The state government wants 85 flights an hour.

This would require rewriting the federal Sydney Airport Demand Management Act, which would raise the ire of people near the flight paths.

Federal laws also aim to prevent certain operations between 11pm and 6am, but Mr Stoner said curfew laws should also become more flexible.

“I will be vigorously lobbying the commonwealth to increase the movement cap during peak periods,” Mr Stoner said at the Tourism & Transport Forum outlook conference in Sydney on Friday. “I’ve had some preliminary discussions with a couple of the relevant ministers. . The early indications are good.”

Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss, however, immediately rejected the idea. “The government has no intention to change the 80 movement cap, the curfew or the protection of regional slots into Sydney Airport,” a spokesman said.

The NSW government first started pushing for more flights at Sydney Airport in late 2012, when it opposed an airport at Badgerys Creek (an approach since changed).

Labor’s Transport Spokesman, Anthony Albanese, said the government did not have a mandate to change cap and curfew laws at Mascot: “What’s more, the constraints at Sydney Airport are both the land transport issues and the size of the airport.”

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald