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Reduction in airport access fee, good news for business

Release Date: 20/08/2014
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe has welcomed the State Government’s decision to introduce a new weekly cap on the Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA) station access fee.
From 1 September, Opal customers who travel to the airport more than once in a week will have a $21 weekly cap on the station access fee.
“The Sydney Business Chamber has been a vocal advocate for the removal of the station access fee as a means of increasing public transport to the airport by both passengers and employees,” Mrs Forsythe said.
“The reduction in the access fee is an important measure toward addressing the traffic congestion problems on the roads around KSA which currently detracts from the economic contribution of the Sydney airport and Port Botany Precinct.
“In addition, this will alleviate financial pressure on the employees who travel to and from KSA every day.
“In a 2013 submission to a NSW Parliamentary Committee, the Sydney Business Chamber identified the cost of the access fee as an impediment to airport workers using the train to travel to work.
“The KSA precinct generates $10.5 billion in economic activity and handles more than $60 billion of freight each year, access to these gateways is essential to both the NSW and national economies.”

Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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