Government disappointed by Perth Airport delays

WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell says he is disappointed by delays in plans to expand Perth Airport to cater for increased demand from the mining industry.

Perth Airport previously advised that discussions with airlines over construction of a new runway would be completed this month, but officials now say talks are ongoing.

 

According to The West Australian Qantas says it has only been to one meeting regarding the expansion, and Buswell said the Government had expected talks to be winding up this month.

 

“It is disappointing to hear one of the first milestones for the development of a third runway has been missed, as we had every indication these discussions would be completed by April,” he said.

 

Perth Airport has two runways but because they cross over each other they cannot be used simultaneously.

 

A third runway has been planned to cater to early morning weekday demand, with fly-in fly-out workers stretching the key infrastructure.

 

Mining companies have previously expressed concern about a lack of capacity at Perth Airport, and regular users have also complained about the terminal's design and lack of parking.

 

Late last year Qantas chief Alan Joyce said congestion and longer taxiing times were a major problem in Perth, and airport CEO Brad Geatches said miners would have to pay more to use the service during peak hours.

 

Along with encouraging companies to use the airport outside of peak periods, Geatches previously said talks were underway to get resource companies to help contribute funds to development of the new runway.

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