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An opportunity for the Western Sydney Airport

Release Date: 25/06/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the proposal by the Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, to lift the International Air Services Agreements restrictions for the Western Sydney Airport as innovative, and one that should be considered.
The Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger said, “Lifting these restrictions would be a game changer for the Airport, the influx of international passengers will create a thriving airport that will reshape Sydney’s West.
“The current system was set up when there was no Western Sydney Airport, when Kingsford Smith was the only international gateway to Sydney.
“The change to the International Air Services Agreement would remove the restriction on the number of international passengers that can come into the Western Sydney airport.
“This is an old regulation that serves no one. It’s time we changed it and devised a new system that works for the people of our city.
“The precedent has been set in Queensland. Gold Coast airport is exempt from these arcane restrictions and works alongside Brisbane airport, providing a bounty of local jobs.
“Lifting the restriction has the potential to change Western Sydney, and make the new airport a jobs engine.
“For Western Sydney’s airport to succeed and provide jobs the region has been promised, it makes sense to lift this restriction.
“We advocated for a Western Sydney Airport to create local jobs for the more than 200,000 people who travel to work each day.
“In May we hosted a full day conference to have bigger conversation about the Western Sydney Airport. We need to think outside to box and understand the right way to create the best chance for our region.
“Lifting this restriction goes a long way to creating job opportunities for this generation and the next generations to come,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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