AAA: Message from the CEO
This week’s IATA AGM was a unique chance to hear from global airlines on the issues facing the industry today. Fuel costs was a significant point of discussion, while technology and data were also key areas of interest.
IATA also launched a guidance note on airport privatisation, claiming privatised airports have not delivered on expectations around the world. This is certainly not a reflection of the Australian experience and ignores the success of our airports in providing passengers more choice, better facilities and lower airfares since privatisation. The AAA issued a joint media release with ACI (World) on the success of Australian airports and will continue to highlight the many benefits privatisation has delivered our economy and the travelling public in the future.
The AAA also welcomed Airports Council International (ACI) director general Angela Gittens to Australia during the week. Angela put forward a very compelling case on the work of airports to advance improved passenger outcomes over a series of meetings and events.
We had particularly productive meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese. Angela outlined how Australian airports are leading the world on many measures, and provided global insights on some of the key challenges facing the industry.
Looking to the regions, I was disappointed to hear this week that regional airline JetGo has entered voluntary administration. This was a blow for the regions, which are already limited in the number and range of air services available to them. We will be talking with affected members to understand the impact on their operations and will continue to advocate on these issues as part of our government engagement program.