The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has announced its support for Infrastructure Australia’s call, in its 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit, for prolonged investment to support the country’s needs.
AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the country’s airports were supporting aviation and tourism growth by continuing to invest in capacity and efficiency.
“Australian airports have a strong track record of sustained private investment to support growing demand for air travel,” said Wilkie.
“With our major airports planning to invest a further $20.6 billion over the next 10 years, the industry is committed to meeting the growing needs of the community for years to come.”
However, Wilkie went on to note that regional airports struggled to keep up with the cost of compliance and said a review of operational restrictions on a regular basis, supported by the audit, would be welcomed.
“The audit confirms local governments are grappling with the high cost of infrastructure to connect their communities,” she said.
“Sustainable regional aviation services are vital to the long-term health of our regional and remote communities.”