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Gold Coast chases direct flights from Thailand cityofgoldcoast.com.au

12 Sep 2018 8:16 AM

248 words • ASR N/A • Report Builder • ID: 1007466014 Mayor Tom Tate has met with Thailand’s Tourism and Sport Minister, seeking direct flights for the Gold Coast. “We presented the city’s capacity as a sports training and events destination, as well as our obvious shared tourism appeal,” he said. “I’ve... Read on source site

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Kua claims political interference cost losses for airline Post Courier by Isaac Nicholas

12 Sep 2018 2:09 AM

315 words • ASR N/A • Report Builder • ID: 1007319640 SINASINA-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua has alleged political interference that has cost Air Niugini losses and is compromising the safety of the travelling public Mr Kua directed the questions to the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when Minister responsible... Read on source site

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Outdated aquarium in fight to stay afloat Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News, Tony Raggatt

12 Sep 2018

Page 3 • 263 words • ASR AUD 734 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 121.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007335699 THE city's Reef HQ Aquarium needs an $80 million upgrade to continue its role as the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, according to Townsville Enterprise. The peak development authority raised the aquarium as one of many items requiring government funding during a delegation to Canberra last month. View original - Full text: 263 word(s), ~1 min

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TRAFFIC CONE SCULPTURE HAS STRONG MESSAGE Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Amber Macpherson

12 Sep 2018

Page 3 • 246 words • ASR AUD 3,653 • Photo: Yes • Type: News Item • Size: 498.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007271235 A GOLD Coast artist has created a sculpture using 1000 traffic cones to explore the horrific crime of human trafficking. Ahead of its unveiling at Currumbin's sculpture festival Swell this weekend, Clayton Blake put the final touches on the 7m tall artwork at Currumbin Special School on Monday to bring to light the plight of millions of people forced in to slavery worldwide. View original - Full text: 246 word(s), <1 min

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Qantas calls for airport charges watchdog Australian Financial Review, Australia, Companies and Markets, Jemima Whyte

12 Sep 2018

Page 22 • 314 words • ASR AUD 2,973 • Photo: Yes • Type: News Item • Size: 147.00 cm² • National • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007309922 Qantas Airways is seeking an independent regulator to manage price disputes with airports, arguing the airline has no way to push back on price gouging other than withdrawing services, which isn't a commercial option. In a 68-page submission to the Productivity Commission, Qantas said airport charges were the company's fourth-largest cost, after fuel, fleet and people. View original - Full text: 314 word(s), ~1 min

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Qantas accuses airports of fee gouging Age, Melbourne, Business News, Patrick Hatch

12 Sep 2018

Page 21 • 406 words • ASR AUD 11,860 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 212.00 cm² • VIC • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007217949 AVIATION 'Blatant profiteering' Consumers are paying the price for "blatant profiteering" by the nation's airports, according to Qantas, which says their worldleading fees and earnings are proof new rules are needed to stop them abusing their monopoly positions. View original - Full text: 406 word(s), ~1 min

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Biofuels win place at airport The Australian, Australia, Business News, Robyn Ironside

12 Sep 2018

Page 22 • 161 words • ASR AUD 1,569 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 61.00 cm² • National • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007214759 AVIATION: Biofuels are set to become a permanent part of the aviation fuel supply at Brisbane airport, after a successful 18month trial. The Queensland government, Virgin Australia and various fuel companies worked with the airport to test the process for delivering "biojet" commercially. View original - Full text: 161 word(s), <1 min

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Airports are taking their passengers for a ride, says Qantas The Australian, Australia, Business News, Robyn Ironside

12 Sep 2018

Page 21 • 367 words • ASR AUD 4,116 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 160.00 cm² • National • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007198645 Airports are slugging passengers at every step of their journey, Qantas has told the Productivity Commission. In a submission to an inquiry into the economic regulation of airports, Qantas said airport charges were now the fourth largest cost for airlines after fuel, fleet and people. View original - Full text: 367 word(s), ~1 min

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Biofuel for thought Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News

12 Sep 2018

Page 5 • 85 words • ASR AUD 703 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 40.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007186359 VIRGIN'S decision to add biofuel to its general supply at Brisbane Airport could be just the ticket to further kickstart a multibillion-dollar biofuels industry in Queensland. The airline yesterday announced the move following a successful year-long trial. View original - Full text: 85 word(s), <1 min

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Get ID ready at airports Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News, Renee Viellaris

12 Sep 2018

Page 1 • 389 words • ASR AUD 4,619 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 263.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007186184 EXCLUSIVE Airport ID check overhaul DOMESTIC passengers will need identification when flying out of 12 Australian airports including four in Queensland as soon as next year's winter school holidays under one of the biggest security crackdowns in decades. View original - Full text: 389 word(s), ~1 min

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City loses in airport stand-off Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News

12 Sep 2018

Page 16 • 297 words • ASR AUD 922 • Photo: Yes • Type: News Item • Size: 152.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007341084 THE stoush between Qantas and the owners of Townsville Airport, Queensland Airports Limited, shows no sign of settling, and all the while, the city suffers with a substandard facility. The redevelopment of the airport has been stalled since Qantas, the airport's major customer, rejected the plan to add a $3 contribution on to domestic fares in and out of the city. View original - Full text: 297 word(s), ~1 min

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QANTAS UNLOADS Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News, Tony Raggatt

12 Sep 2018

Page 1 • 479 words • ASR AUD 3,635 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 599.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007334839 STALEMATE CONTINUES AS AIRLINE SLAMS AIRPORT QANTAS has let fly at the owners of Townsville Airport slamming its management's "questionable tactics". View original - Full text: 479 word(s), ~1 min

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PRIME TIME FOR LIFT-OFF Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News

12 Sep 2018

Page 18 • 502 words • ASR AUD 1,335 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 182.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007268285 NEWS of negotiations between Gold Coast leaders and the Thai Government for direct flights between our two destinations is to be welcomed. This is an encouraging step towards building the city's reputation as an international destination. View original - Full text: 502 word(s), ~2 mins

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No Headline Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, Letters

12 Sep 2018

Page 18 • 129 words • ASR AUD 337 • Photo: No • Type: Letter • Size: 46.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007268149 ONE of Australia's richest men, developer Harry Triguboff of Meriton game, has blasted the state of the Gold Coast Airport. ('Harry pulls trigger on stupid airport' Sept 7). It is perhaps not of the standard befitting Queensland's second biggest city and major resort region and could do with a major influx of funds. View original - Full text: 129 word(s), <1 min

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NEW FLIGHTS SKY THAI Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Andrew Potts

12 Sep 2018

Page 1 • 450 words • ASR AUD 2,039 • Photo: No • Type: News Item • Size: 278.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Report Builder • ID: 1007266859 GOLD Coast city leaders are in negotiations to secure direct flights to Thailand's most popular destinations within a year. Flights between the Glitter Strip and either Phuket or Bangkok will run three times a week in a deal tipped to inject millions into the Gold Coast economy. View original - Full text: 450 word(s), ~1 min

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12 Sep 2018 Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD Author: Tony Raggatt • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 16,484 • Page: 3 • Printed Size: 121.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 734 • Words: 263 • Item ID: 1007335699

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Outdated aquarium in fight to stay afloat TONY RAGGATT THE city’s Reef HQ Aquarium needs an $80 million upgrade to continue its role as the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, according to Townsville Enterprise. The peak development authority raised the aquarium as one of many items requiring government funding during a delegation to Canberra last month. Townsville Enterprise director, policy and investment Michael McMillan said Reef HQ welcomed more than 140,000 visitors through its doors annually. As the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, it offered the opportunity for everyone to learn about the reef and experience the world’s largest living coral reef exhibit. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority general manager Bruce Elliot said the facility, opened in 1987, was ageing and some of the infrastructure required maintenance. “As development occurs around and beside Reef HQ, we believe it is essential the facility is upgraded to be more in keeping with a contemporary tourism precinct,” he said. “Reef HQ requires an external facelift, improved and contemporary technology and extensive infrastructure and asset maintenance. “If we received a funding injection for Reef HQ Aquarium, we’d further plan, scope and undertake feasibility studies to ensure the updates result in a state-of-the-art National Edu-

cation Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. “There has been interest shown towards this upgrade and we are currently in discussions with the relevant representatives advocating for a commitment ahead of the next federal election.” According to Townsville Enterprise’s federal election priorities document, the aquarium has been unable to keep pace with changes in technology and its appearance has become off-putting for locals and tourists.

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12 Sep 2018 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Amber Macpherson • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 21,468 • Page: 3 • Printed Size: 498.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 3,653 • Words: 246 • Item ID: 1007271235

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TRAFFIC CONE SCULPTURE HAS STRONG MESSAGE AMBER MACPHERSON A GOLD Coast artist has created a sculpture using 1000 traffic cones to explore the horrific crime of human trafficking. Ahead of its unveiling at Currumbin’s sculpture festival Swell this weekend, Clayton Blake put the final touches on the 7m tall artwork at Currumbin Special School on Monday to bring to light the plight of millions of people forced in to slavery worldwide. “For me, art and activism go hand in hand,” he said. “It’s not often you get an opportunity and a public platform to make a difference.

“I’ve wanted to do something with traffic cones for a long time. I started to explore modern day slavery and human trafficking, and there was a connection there.

“I’m pleased it’s going to get people talking.” The sculpture, called TRAFFICKING, was created in conjunction with The Freedom Project, a human rights organisation that works with trafficking victims in India. Mr Blake said the most confronting element to the installation is the feeling of imprisonment when standing inside of it. Last week Mr Blake returned from US arts and

culture festival Burning Man where he built a sculpture called Perpetual Consumption, a spiral loop of dozens of shopping trolleys spanning 10m high. Swell Sculpture Festival is a free event showcasing more than 50 works of art, held on the foreshore of Currumbin Beach from September 14 to 23.


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Gold Coast artist Clayton Blake has used 1000 traffic cones in his meaningful offering at Swell Festival. Picture: RICHARD GOSLING

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12 Sep 2018 Australian Financial Review, Australia Author: Jemima Whyte • Section: Companies and Markets • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 44,635 • Page: 22 • Printed Size: 147.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 2,973 • Words: 314 Item ID: 1007309922 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Qantas calls for airport charges watchdog Jemima Whyte Qantas Airways is seeking an independent regulator to manage price disputes with airports, arguing the airline has no way to push back on price gouging other than withdrawing services, which isn't a commercial option. hi a 68-page submission to the Productivity Commission, Qantas said airport charges were the company's fourth-largest cost, after fuel, fleet and people. "While we negotiate successfully with other suppliers to reduce costs and ultimately deliver better airfares and travel experiences for passengers, charges by Australian monopoly airports are largely non-negotiable," Andrew Parker, Qantas group executive of government industry, international and environment wrote in the submission. Qantas says costs, excluding fuel,

have fallen by 4 per cent in real terms since 2014-15, while charges paid to airports have grown 6.5 per cent above inflation. The report also noted that in the past 10 years, Australia's major airports enjoyed a 25 per cent increase in revenue per passenger in real terms, while airfares have fallen 40 per cent The submission noted that price monitoring by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission at four of the 56 airports where the

are also in the top five most profitable airports in the world. Qantas says the profits are unrelated to customer satisfaction, with major Australian monopoly airports falling below the top 10. The report also highlights fees for airport parking. And it argues the regulatory framework for airports has led to other excessive charges, citing Canberra Airport holding a "Qantas aircraft ransom until $18,000 in landing fees were paid after it diverted there during poor weather".

Qantas Group operates has been ineffective as a deterrent to price increases. Instead, the airline argues, it has coincided with "excessive airport charges, levies and fees; inefficient airport investment decisions; inefficient airport operations; low-quality airport services and opaque airport negotiations". The country's three largest airports -Sydne^Melbourne and Brisbane -

Qantas has lodged a 68-page report, complaining about excessive charges.


12 Sep 2018 Age, Melbourne Author: Patrick Hatch • Section: Business News • Article type : News Item Classification : Capital City Daily • Audience : 83,229 • Page: 21 Printed Size: 212.00cm² • Market: VIC • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 11,860 Words: 406 • Item ID: 1007217949 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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AVIATION ‘Blatant profiteering’

Qantas accuses airports of fee gouging Patrick Hatch Consumers are paying the price for “blatant profiteering” by the nation’s airports, according to Qantas, which says their worldleading fees and earnings are proof new rules are needed to stop them abusing their monopoly positions. The country’s largest airline has told a Productivity Commission inquiry that current regulation is failing to stop airports from ‘‘gouging’’ airlines on the fees they charge to use their runways, terminals and other infrastructure. ‘‘Lack of effective regulation has opened the door to blatant profiteering,’’ Qantas’ group executive for government and regulatory affairs, Andrew Parker, said. ‘‘It is the family visiting the Great Barrier Reef for the first time, the business traveller flying from Melbourne to Sydney for meetings, and the dairy farmer sending fresh milk to the Chinese market that ultimately pay for the high and rising costs.’’ Qantas’ submission to the inquiry into airport regulation says that while it had cut its own operating costs by 4 per cent (excluding fuel) since 2015, the fees it paid to airports had risen 6.5 per cent in real terms. ‘‘While we negotiate successfully with other suppliers to reduce costs and ultimately deliver better airfares . . . charges by Australian monopoly airports are largely non-

negotiable,’’ Mr Parker said. Australia’s five largest airports – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth – made average aeronautical revenue per passenger of $14.34 in 2016, which was $4.71 higher than the five largest airports in the US, the submission says, while operating on far higher earnings margins. Airports worldwide had an average earnings margin of 55 per cent in 2015, according to the International Air Travel Association, while Sydney Airport enjoyed an earnings margin of 83 per cent, Melbourne 75 per cent, Brisbane 74 per cent and Perth 66 per cent. Cutting airport fees by $4 per passenger would save airlines $648 million a year, according to Qantas, which made an after-tax profit of $980 million last year. The airports have argued they have made significant investments over the past 15 years to allow for an influx of international competitors, which has injected new competition to the market and driven down the cost of overseas travel for Australians. The Australian Airport Association has also told the inquiry that Qantas and Virgin have significant bargaining power with the airports thanks to the domestic market’s duopoly. Total passenger numbers passing though Australian airports more than doubled between 2002 and 2017, from 76 million to 159 million.

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12 Sep 2018 The Australian, Australia Author: Robyn Ironside • Section: Business News • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 94,448 • Page: 22 • Printed Size: 61.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,569 • Words: 161 Item ID: 1007214759 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Biofuels win place at airport AVIATION: Biofuels are set to become a permanent part of the aviation fuel supply at Brisbane airport, after a successful 18month trial. The Queensland government, Virgin Australia and various fuel companies worked with the airport to test the process for delivering “biojet” commercially. In the process, 195 flights left Brisbane powered by the blended fuel, which consisted of one litre of biofuel to every 100 litres of fossil fuel. Virgin Australia group executive Rob Sharp said the com-

pletion of the trial would not be the end and that another shipment of biofuel was due in from the US by the end of the year. “There’s only a handful of airports worldwide that have achieved this and Brisbane airport is now one of those global airports that has a commercialised sustainable process for putting biofuels into their systems,” Mr Sharp said. “Further shipments will come through (in the next year) so this comes a normal part of the fuel process here.” ROBYN IRONSIDE

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Airports are taking their passengers for a ride, says Qantas ROBYN IRONSIDE

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Airports are slugging passengers at every step of their journey, Qantas has told the Productivity Commission. In a submission to an inquiry into the economic regulation of airports, Qantas said airport charges were now the fourth largest cost for airlines after fuel, fleet and people. The national carrier is part of a group of airlines that wants more effective regulation to set pricing principles for aero-

rents for retailers and throughput levies for jet fuel for aircraft.” The inquiry is the fourth undertaken by the Productivity Commission into airport charges, following on from airports’ privatisation, and the introduction of the current monitoring regime in 2002. The Qantas submission said airports procure services but ultimately do not have to pay for them, and therefore have “no incentive to obtain value for money”. It pointed to security services as an example of airports exploiting light-handed regulation for

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nautical and security services and allow independent arbitration when commercial negotiations fail. “Many airports levy unreasonably high charges, enjoy above-market profits, make inefficient business decisions and engage in poor negotiating conduct,” Qantas said in its submission. “Australian monopoly airports collect a toll at every step of a passenger’s journey — from extracting high hourly and daily rates for carparking, airport tolls for taxis and

profit. “Airports currently have virtually unlimited discretion as to the types and costs of security services they will procure,” the submission said. “This has contributed to excessive costs, operating inefficiencies and a systemic lack of transparency.” The submission also accused airports of making airlines pay for additional security services such as car licence plate readers

in carparks; screening of retail goods and staff; and airport employee costs and overheads. “Unfortunately, airlines are generally not consulted by airports where new security services are implemented but are simply notified of the increased cost,” the submission said. The Australian Airports Association and its members have supported the continuation of the current regime, saying it has helped foster passenger growth and investment in airport infrastructure. “Australian airports rate well against their global counterparts and have maintained highquality facilities for passengers even as they’ve invested to support significant growth,” said the AAA’s chief executive, Caroline Wilkie.


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Biofuel for thought VIRGIN’S decision to add biofuel to its general supply at Brisbane Airport could be just the ticket to further kickstart a multibillion-dollar biofuels industry in Queensland. The airline yesterday announced the move following a successful year-long trial. It is currently sourcing biofuel from the US but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she hoped Virgin’s decision would give local suppliers more confidence to fill that demand in future. “What we want to see is the ongoing development of this industry here in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

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EXCLUSIVE

Airport p ID check overhau RENEE VIELLARIS DOMESTIC passengers w need identification when flyi out of 12 Australian airports including four in Queensland as soon as next year’s wint school holidays under one the biggest security crac downs in decades. Home Affairs Minist Peter Dutton will today intr duce new laws into Parliame amid warnings airports rema a significant security liability Mr Dutton said the ne law, which would apply capital cities, Gold Coa Cairns and Townsville a ports, would help keep Austr lian travellers safe. “We have to be realis about the threat and it’s ridic lous police officers don’t have this ability already,” he said. REPORT P5

Get ID ready at airports Security overhaul to affect domestic passengers EXCLUSIVE RENEE VIELLARIS DOMESTIC passengers will need identification when flying out of 12 airports – including four in Queensland – as soon as next year’s busy June/July school holidays under one of the biggest security crackdowns in decades. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will introduce new laws into

Parliament today after law-enforcement agencies warned airports remained a significant security liability. The concerns were ramped up after wannabe terrorists allegedly tried to check in a meat grinder containing a hidden bomb on a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in July last year.

The Australian Federal Police and spy agencies have also warned that bikies and other organised criminals travel domestically under fake names. Unlike other countries, passengers do not need to show ID when flying within Australia. It will mean passengers using Brisbane, Cairns, Gold


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Coast, Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston and Alice Springs airports may be asked to show ID. The Police Powers at Airports Bill will expand police powers at all major Australian airports. Police will only ask passengers to show ID if they believe they are acting suspiciously or have intelligence about that passenger. There will be no random checks and police will be specifically trained to identify suspicious behaviour. Passengers will be able to show a passport or driver’s licence; a student card and/or Medicare card; or in some circumstances give the officer their name, date of birth and address. Mr Dutton told The Courier-Mail last night that about 23 million passengers used Brisbane Airport each year “and they expect to do so safely”. “We have to be realistic about the threat and it’s ridiculous police officers don’t have this ability already,” he said.

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12 Sep 2018 Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD Section: General News • Article type : News Item • Classification : Regional Audience : 16,484 • Page: 16 • Printed Size: 152.00cm² • Market: QLD Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 922 • Words: 297 • Item ID: 1007341084

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City loses in airport stand-off THE stoush between Qantas and the owners of Townsville Airport, Queensland Airports Limited, shows no sign of settling, and all the while, the city suffers with a substandard facility. The redevelopment of the airport has been stalled since Qantas, the airport’s major customer, rejected the plan to add a $3 contribution on to domestic fares in and out of the city. In its submission to the Productivity Commission, Qantas has slammed the owners of Townsville Airport for questionable tactics. The airline describes the airport’s redevelopment as “gold-plated” and that’s the fundamental point on which we can’t agree with Qantas. The terminal is 40 per cent undersized and it’s completely inadequate as a gateway to the capital of the North. To describe it as “gold-plated” is as misguided as it is misleading, and anyone describing it as such clearly hasn’t spent much time there. Queensland Airports, which also owns the Gold Coast airport, is not alone in its stoush with Qantas. There are similar stalemates at Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Adelaide. That said, Cairns Airport last month announced a $55 million redevelopment of its domestic terminal from within its operating budget and existing passenger charges. Queensland Airports would argue that due to Cairns tourism, passenger figures are significantly higher than Townsville and the retail space is larger, meaning the airport can recover more of the cost of the redevelopment. But that’s when we start

to lose sympathy for Queensland Airports, a company that made $14.5 million of profit last year. There was a recommendation earlier this year by the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia that said Townsville Airport needed upgrading “as a matter of urgency” and both State and Federal governments needed to help. Whatever it takes, this upgrade needs to progress as soon as possible.


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Q QANTAS UNLOADS

STALEMATE CONTINUES AS AIRLINE SLAMS AIRPORT

TONY RAGGATT

QANTAS has let fly at the owners of Townsville Airport slamming its management’s “questionable tactics”. The comments were in a submission to the Productivity Commission and come after a long-running feud between Qantas and Queensland Airports Limited due to the airline refusing to help fund a terminal redevelopment with a $3 passenger levy. FULL REPORT PAGE 7

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Qantas lets fly at airport TONY RAGGATT tony.raggatt@news.com.au

has accused Townsville Airport of seeking excessive passenger charges and obstructing access to its Townsville lounge as it calls for regulation of monopoly airports. But Townsville Airport says it put seating across the entrance to the Qantas lounge earlier this year as a “last resort” because it urgently needs more departure lounge space. Qantas has lodged a submission to a Productivity Commission inquiry calling for “light-handed” regulation of airports which it says are levying excessive charges and, in the case of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, are among the five most profitable in the world. It also suggests arbitration in cases such as Townsville where airlines and airport are unable to agree to the level of

passenger charges to fund infrastructure upgrades. Townsville owner Queensland Airports wants to fund a terminal redevelopment with a $3 passenger levy but Qantas has been blocking the move for more than two years and says the upgrade can be done at a fraction of the cost. In its submission, Qantas uses Townsville as an example where it says inefficient investment decisions are being made by monopoly airports. Townsville Airport has pushed a $45 million terminal

belle Yates said the airport was above capacity during peak times and there was an urgent need for the redevelopment. “The necessity and scope of this project has been verified by international airport planning experts on more than one occasion,” Ms Yates said. “The airport departure lounge requires 25 per cent more seating to accommodate our passengers. Earlier this year we installed additional seating to optimise the limited space available, as a last resort and short-term solution.”

and apron redevelopment “without justification” when a more cost effective $10 million design would better meet passenger and capacity needs “for many years to come”, it says. “Townsville Airport responded to the proposal with a media campaign to publicly shame Qantas Group. Airport management’s questionable tactics included instructing staff to obstruct the entrance to the Qantas lounge at Townsville.” But Townsville Airport acting chief operating officer Isa-

Ms Yates said airport charges only went towards the cost of building aeronautical infrastructure and not for funding areas like retail space. “We are funding the retail expansion ourselves. We intend to pay for the full Townsville Airport redevelopment upfront and are looking for the airlines to pay their fair share, over an extended period of time, for the infrastructure that they will use,” she said. The Government will consider the commission’s findings, expected next year.


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PRIME TIME FOR LIFT-OFF NEWS of negotiations between Gold Coast leaders and the Thai Government for direct flights between our two destinations is to be welcomed. This is an encouraging step towards building the city’s reputation as an international destination. Tourists from Thailand already visit the city in droves and arrivals recorded a double-digit rise in the past year. This would also represent a good postGames win for our tourism sector. We were promised the Games would deliver for years to come, as the estimated 1.5 billion people who saw our gorgeous backdrop during the competition began to contemplate following the athletes here. Expanding the network of international connections to the Gold Coast is a necessary precursor to that objective. The success of this proposed service will be proved by how many people make the journey both to and from Thailand. That means any deal must be supported by a strong marketing strategy to woo Thais to our beautiful city. In any case, this potential deal underlines how critical the long-overdue $500 million upgrade of Gold Coast Airport is, and how essential that this happens soon. Boasting a Rydges-branded hotel, new facilities, aerobridges and eventually a light rail station, this big-budget revamp of the city’s gateway known as Project LIFT cannot happen soon enough. But it appears the only player in this drawn-out saga to not want this is our national carrier. Qantas must accept that if it is going to be the overwhelmingly dominant operator in Australia, it must carry some responsibility for maintaining and improving standards for an increasingly discerning travelling public. Qantas likes to characterise airports as high-profile monopolies. This is a theory which perhaps holds water at gateway locations such as Sydney or Melbourne but it is not credible in a regional airport such as this, which is far more dependent on the likes of Qantas to deliver

the services residents need. Project LIFT has been on the drawing board for some time and is a bold plan within which are all the elements needed to create a modern entrance to the city that will impress visitors and set the tone for their visit to our incredible city. It is a great vision which is being stymied by the gorilla in the aviation market – Qantas – much the same as in Townsville. It even has the backing of Australia’s second-richest man – developer Harry Triguboff, who last week slammed the airport as “stupid” and called for the upgrade to go ahead. As we look to the future, the diversification of the Gold Coast’s economy will be more important than ever, but we must continue to see our tourism industry given its due and continually renewed. This helps the city diversify beyond a singular focus on China to our other Asian neighbours. There is a growing middle class in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia which could be extremely lucrative for the Gold Coast in the future if we tap in now and become established as a go-to destination with competitive rates.

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ONE of Australia’s richest men, developer Harry Triguboff of Meriton game, has blasted the state of the Gold Coast Airport. (‘Harry pulls trigger on stupid airport’ Sept 7). It is perhaps not of the standard befitting Queensland’s second biggest city and major resort region and could do with a major influx of funds. As many users of this airport patronise the several Meriton Hotels, perhaps Mr Triguboff could invest his millions in an airport upgrade. The Wagner family in the Toowoomba region have done wonders on the Darling Downs area by building Wellcamp Airport and are no doubt reaping the benefits. Yes, governments should have done more by now but let’s see a bipartisan approach to the upgrade needed to benefit all and sundry. KEN JOHNSTON, ROCHEDALE SOUTH

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NEW FLIGHTS SKY THAI GOLD Coast city leaders are in negotiations to secure direct flights to Thailand’s most popular destinations within a year. Flights between the Glitter Strip and either Phuket or Bangkok will run three times

inject millions into the Gold Coast economy. Thai AirAsia has been mooted as the airline of choice because of its competitive rates and modern aircraft. ANDREW POTTS REPORTS P2

Direct flight Thai up to be tourism gold ANDREW POTTS

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GOLD Coast city leaders are in negotiations to launch direct flights to Thailand’s most popular destinations within a year. Flights between the Glitter Strip and either Phuket or Bangkok will run three times a week in a deal tipped to inject millions into the Gold Coast economy. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Destination Gold Coast chairman Paul Donovan this week met with Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat to discuss the deal. Minister Kowsurat said the proposal would benefit both destinations. Thai AirAsia has been tapped as the airline of choice because of its com-

petitive rates and aircraft. Speaking to the Bulletin from Thailand, Cr Tate said the deal would be shepherded by Mr Donovan, a senior executive with Queensland Airports. “We presented the city’s capacity as a sports training and events destination, as well as our obvious shared tourism appeal,” Cr Tate said. “I’ve presented the idea of encouraging a direct flight link, from either Phuket or Bangkok, to the Gold Coast. “The feedback was positive and I’ve now left it with Paul Donovan to progress.” Cr Tate was in Phuket to sign the first agreement between the tourism destination and the Gold Coast as the two visitor hot spots look to formalise a Sister Cities arrangement.

He said the Coast could offer Phuket knowledge in lifeguard services, beach rubbish collection, sports event management and tourism marketing. Thailand is one of Australia’s strongest tourism markets, recording doubledigit growth in 2017. Mr Donovan accompanied the Mayor to visits with the Phuket Tourism Board, Minister Kowsurat and Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung. The meeting discussed the Gold Coast tapping into Thailand’s lucrative diving industry to promote the city’s proposed giant pyramid dive attraction. Packaging diving tours with flights has also been discussed. Other representatives present at the meetings were the Thai-Australia

Business Council, Thai Sports Authority and key universities based in Phuket. Mr Donovan said the Coast delegation had received a strong reception. “There is no question that being here in-market is the way to go,” he said. “The Tourism Minister was very, very pleased we are in these discussions.” AirAsia, the parent company of Thai AirAsia, already has a strong presence at the Gold Coast Airport and flies direct to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Tokyo. BULLETIN VIEW P18

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