Podcast: Is the ‘Cold War’ between airports and airlines wise?

written by Tasha Levy | July 22, 2020
Australia's domestic carriers at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)
Australian domestic carriers at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

Tension between two industry groups has come to a head as airports accuse airlines of neglecting to pass on their government bailouts by not paying various fees.

In this episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, hosts Phil Tarrant and Adam Thorn speculate over whether airports will eventually get paid and discuss the CEO of Brisbane Airport’s gloomy forecast for recovery.

Tune in to hear all about a report against Rex for an uncompetitive new route, an exact breakdown of how much is owed to Virgin creditors, and the last ever take-off of a Qantas 747 from Australian soil.

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3 Comments

  • John Hogan

    says:

    This is overdue. I studied aviation economics as part of a B.Avn a few years ago and was shocked to learn that the sector is as skewed as smart phones – Apple makes most of the profit in phones, despite employing a fraction of the people. Privatized airports make a massive amount of the profit of the entire aviation sector. Airlines and catering mobs were the two least profitable players! Who would have ever thought that privatizing monopoly assets might lead to over-charging and ingrained resentment.

  • Alan Pace

    says:

    Privatising Airports was never going to happen when DCA (The Dept of Civil Aviation) ran the show. Even under the Coalition which is traditionally soft on Private Enterprise, Privatising Airports was beyond the notion that The Commonwealth of Australia ran the network of airports for all Australians. When privatisation happened (slowly at first), the gleam in entrepreneur’s eyes grew ever wider. But at the expense of the Travelling Public. What next? Your turn.

  • Alan Pace

    says:

    Re Airports in Private Hands. Privatising Airports was never going to happen when DCA (The Dept of Civil Aviation) ran the show. Even under the Coalition which is traditionally soft on Private Enterprise, Privatising Airports was beyond the notion that The Commonwealth of Australia ran the network of airports for all Australians. When privatisation happened (slowly at first), the gleam in entrepreneur’s eyes grew ever wider. But at the expense of the Travelling Public. What next? Your turn.

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