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Federal Government Must Back Sydney

Release Date: 23/01/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has congratulated the Federal Government on the new China-Australia bilateral agreement to increase Chinese air rights into Australia but has called on the Federal Government to lift the cap on aircraft movements at Sydney Airport so that Sydney can reach its true potential from this deal.
The Executive Director of Sydney Business Chamber Patricia Forsythe said that the possibility of increased flights from China was great news for tourism but Sydney was at risk of losing out to Melbourne and Brisbane because of Federal Government regulations that cap the number of flights at Sydney Airport.
Mrs Forsythe said, “For Sydney it is not a level playing field when it comes to attracting new airlines because of the 80 airline movement cap per hour.
“Tourism is one of the success stories for the Australian economy and with the falling value of the Australian dollar, there is even greater possibility of significant growth in the already booming Chinese market.
Mrs Forsythe said she believed that key ministers including the Treasurer and the Minister for Social Services have in the past argued against relaxing the cap, but with tourism emerging as one of the strong sectors in the economy, she hoped that both ministers would see the big picture in relation to the opportunities for Sydney with this new deal.
“The federal government has been a strong champion of free trade and it must apply the policy to its own regulations,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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