@ Simon Pettit (Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm): …

Comment on International flights to Alice would lower fares by Alex Nelson.

@ Simon Pettit (Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm): You’re correct, Simon, the resort development at Yulara has been a mixed blessing for Alice Springs and the rest of The Centre.
I’m unaware of other international flights landing at Yulara but that’s not to say there haven’t been any, I just don’t know.
There were quite a number of Japanese charter flights to Alice Springs from 2003 to 2007; some of these were direct flights from Tokyo and Osaka, others came via Cairns. They all came in on Boeing 747 Jumbo jets.
The market dried up in 2008.
There was also at least one charter flight from Switzerland to Alice Springs in 2005.
A considerable effort was made in lobbying the Howard Government (and particularly the Nationals leader John Anderson, who was Minister for Transport) during this time to upgrade Alice Springs Airport to international status but this was knocked back.
Less than $1m was sought from the Commonwealth and NT governments to facilitate this upgrading.
Meanwhile the Commonwealth is investing $5.3b in the new Western Sydney Airport (Badgerys Creek) scheduled for completion in 2026.
Go figure.

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International flights to Alice would lower fares
@ Simon Pettit (Posted March 6, 2018 at 10:04 am: The Connellan Airport at Yulara was officially opened by Chief Minister Marshall Perron on Tuesday, February 16, 1993. There was a lot of criticism directed at the NT Government by local tourism operators and other businesses based in Alice Springs.
However, when construction of Yulara was commenced more than a decade earlier, the NT Government warned Alice Springs-based tourism businesses they needed to improve their services or they would be bypassed by the new government-built tourist village near Uluru.
Less than a week after the official opening of the new airport at Yulara (the airstrip had already been operational for several years), a Condor international charter flight from Germany landed there first before coming over to Alice Springs.


International flights to Alice would lower fares
@ Ian Sharp (Posted March 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm): Thanks for your comment, Ian, but I’ve not made any suggestion that international carriers be allowed to fly on domestic air routes. There is no difficulty in this case.
Qantas, of course, is both an international and domestic carrier so this shouldn’t be a problem at any rate.
However, there are other submissions to the Senate Inquiry that have urged relaxation of regulations for cabotage within Australia.


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If this happened anywhere else in Australia, that is what would happen.
An absolutely disgraceful performance, and I predict it will get worse before this matter is terminated.


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While we navel-gaze at our own dire financial situation in the NT, a report just posted on the ABC News site states: “Since its recent peak in late-August, the local market has plummeted by about 12% — as investors grow increasingly concerned about an unresolved trade war, slowing global economic growth and the United States raising interest rates too quickly.
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@ Fiona Walsh (Posted January 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm): Thank you, Fiona, for your most informative post.
The closure of the CSIRO in Alice Springs is, I consider, one of the most short-sighted and regrettable decisions ever made as far as Central Australia is concerned but typical of the myopia that afflicts contemporary coast-oriented bureaucracy.
Maintaining the presence of the CSIRO in the Centre would surely have been as vital in these times of worsening climatic conditions and consequent impacts on the environment as it ever has been in the past.
However, the loss of the CSIRO in Alice Springs is symptomatic, and certainly symbolic, of the lack of concern and real regard for so much of the real Australia.


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