Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports face up to economic challenges

Australia may have “technically” avoided slipping into recession last quarter, but traffic at its major international airports continues to slide in 2009. Airport operators hit by the effects of the global financial crisis are having to defer some projects, and all are under pressures from airlines over their charges. Recent traffic data released by Australian airports indicates that domestic traffic is dropping off sharply, but the international passenger traffic is more mixed, and influenced by new route developments, particularly by LCCs.

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