In light of a report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which revealed that airlines and their passengers have, over the last decade, paid approaching US$1.6 billion more than they should have for airport access, major Australian and New Zealand carriers have formed an alliance with the intention of advocating on public policy issues in the aviation sector, including taxes, fees and access to efficient infrastructure.
The group, which will be called Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ), will be chaired by Professor Graeme Samuel, the former ACCC chairman, with members to include Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express (Rex), Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia, and who will all contribute to the funding of the group.
According to Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce, “Airport fees and charges continue to increase while airlines are offering fares at levels significantly cheaper than they were over a decade ago.” He also added that: “A4ANZ’s goal is to achieve regulator reform that will promote a competitive and sustainable airline industry.”
Currently the Australian and New Zealand governments do not have the ability to regulate fees, principally because major airports are operated by commercial companies, including Sydney Airport Holdings which is listed on the ASX.
Leonardo secured additional helicopter orders worth €470 million at Heli-Expo 2023
Italian aerospace, defence and security specialist Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) sold approaching 40 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia on March 7-9 this year. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to take place between 2023 and 2026. The sales involve AW139s, AW169s and AW109s which will be used for energy support, rescue and public service