Skippers Aviation, Perth’s independent airline has filed a complaint against Perth Airport over the restrictions put on the future growth of its business.
Skippers Aviation chief executive Stan Quinlivan said the airport operator was obstructing him from importing two new 70 seat Q400 planes valued at A$24 million, through restrictive lease provisions, the West Australian reported.
“Perth Airport is singling out independent local operators by putting restrictive covenants on the maximum arrival and departure numbers and the ability to upgrade the fleet,” Mr Quinlivan said.
According to the airline the new lease extension, effective 2021 reduces the amount of passengers it can carry to 200 an hour, down from 600, which evidently freezes the plane size to existing types no bigger than 50 seats.
Mr Quinlivan explained that adding restrictive limitations to smaller operators would affect regional and rural communities.
“We service 11 of the 13 regulated passenger routes north of Perth, these are the less glamorous bur critical routes that look after remote communities and tourist destinations.”
Mr Quinlivan added that what was confusing about the matter was that larger planes would relieve some of the pressure from Perth Airport’s congested runway.
In other news, Perth Airport has opened a new taxi rank at the international Terminal and plans to build a second rank at the domestic terminal by the end of 2012.
The new rank offers eight pick up bays staffed by taxi marshals and state of the art technology to ensure a continuous smooth flow of taxis.
There is an automatic call up system, which allows the taxi marshal to call on taxis waiting in the holding yard to attend the rank.
The new rank is also fitted with CCTV cameras and emergency call point to provide a safe environment for passengers.