IN TERMS OF IN-AIR LANDING, IN-ADDRESSING, AIRLINE INSTRUMENTS, AIRPORT LANDINGS, LOCATED AIRCRAFT, AIRPLANE, AIR SERVICE, INLINE AIR SERVICE source RTV News title ‘Airservices should be able to fly to and from anywhere’: Minister article AUSTRALIA’S Minister for Transport, Michael O’Hanlon, has called for an end to the airservices’ reliance on fixed, regional and long-haul routes.
Airservices Australia chief executive Michael Ollier said in a statement to The Australian that the new rules will be the “most significant change to the Australian aviation system since the introduction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) regulations in 1962”.
He said the rules, which were designed to prevent “irrational and unfair competition” from airservices, “require that all air services provide access to all passengers, regardless of distance travelled”.
Airservices currently operate between the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.
Mr Olliers comments come after the Government announced in February that it would introduce the same rules across the nation, with the aim of making Australia a more efficient, flexible and secure aviation system.
“We’ve made it very clear to airservices that they will have to provide the best service, no matter where they are based,” Mr O’Brien said.
“They will have the same access to passengers and cargo as the national airlines, and they will be able, in some cases, to operate in very low-cost airspace in the Australian mainland.”
The new rules, proposed by the Federal Government, come after Australia was one of the first countries to introduce airservices on its domestic network.
In the US, the FAA issued new rules in 2014, and other countries have since followed suit, allowing airservices to operate on their domestic network in some areas.