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Perth Airport - The Community and Industry. Is it prepared?
 

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Presentation by Geoffrey Thomas, Aviation Editor "The West Australian" and Senior Editor "Air Transport World"

Presentation by Geoffrey Thomas, Aviation Editor "The West Australian" and Senior Editor "Air Transport World"

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    Perth Airport - The Community and Industry. Is it prepared? Perth Airport - The Community and Industry. Is it prepared? Presentation Transcript

    • Perth Airport – Community and Industry - is it prepared ?
      Engineers Australia May 24, 2011
      Photo: Merv Prime
    • Challenges
      High turnover of airlines
      Peak demand
      Effectively a single runway operation
      Challenges aloft
      Wide variety of aircraft sizes
      Length of many destination runways
      Unprecedented growth
      Noise
    • But first let’s go down memory lane…
      Picture: Betty Foster
    • By the early 70s….
      MMA had five 55-seat F-28 Fellowships jets to cater for the “boom.”
      Supported by a few F-27 Friendships and the
      Occasional DC-3 to airlift supplies during the cyclone season
    • TAA was allowed a Perth-Pt Hedland-Darwin service in the late 80s.
    • East West dabbled before being purchased by Ansett
    • Early 1980s
    • Early 2000
    • Those challenges again…
      High turnover of airlines
      Peak demand
      Challenges aloft
      Effectively a single runway operation
      Wide variety of aircraft sizes
      Length of many destination runways
      Unprecedented growth
      Noise
    • Intense competition has taken its toll…
      Between 1960 and 2010 - 46 scheduled airlines have entered bankruptcy or merged in WA!
      Ansett, itself a victim of competition, was made up of 78 airlines that it had absorbed
      Recent casualties include Impulse, Ozjet, and Sky Air World, while Qantas has purchased Network to launch its FIFO ambitions
    • Peak demand…
    • Mid week from 5.10am to 7.30am typically there will be…
      80 departures
      10 arrivals
      30 aircraft tows
      So let’s take a fly around the airport to see what that means…
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
      And on the ground it gets hectic….
    • 45 Tonnes of express cargo arrives before 4am - 50% for transshipment
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • And not just in the early morning…
    • And the domestic 747s are returning…
    • Challenges aloft
    • Between 2006 and 2008 airspace issues were addressed under WARRP
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: Sandie Bertrand, The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: The West Australian - Copyright
    • Photo: The West Australian - Copyright
    • 5.15am - April 27
    • 5.30am – April 27
    • 5.45am – April 27
    • 6.00am – April 27
    • 6.15am – April 27
    • 6.30am – April 27
    • 6.45am – April 27
    • 7.00am – April 27
    • 7.30am – April 27
    • 7.45am – April 27
    • And if you think the problem will fly away…
    • The AM FIFO flights are on their way back…
    • 9.22am – April 27 Inbound only
    • 9.38am – April 27 Inbound only
    • 10.02am – April 27 Inbound only
    • 10.22am – April 27 Inbound only
    • 10.43am – April 27 Inbound only
    • 11.09am – April 27 Inbound only
    • Effectively a single runway airport
    • Variety of aircraft sizes
      Credit: Neville Murphy
    • At one extreme A380s are coming…
    • At the other light aircraft are taking up valuable take-off slots
    • So what is the trend?
      Perth Airport - 1985
    • 1995
    • 2005
    • Air travel growth has been met by increased frequencies and nonstops
      World
      Index 1990=1.00
      2.5
      Air Travel Growth
      Frequency Growth
      Nonstop Markets
      2.0
      1.5
      Average Airplane Size
      1.0
      0.5
      1990
      1992
      1994
      1996
      1998
      2000
      2002
      2004
      2006
      2008
      2010
      August OAG
      All routes
    • Will airlines go for larger aircraft in Perth?
    • While there has been some significant changes….that is stabilizing
      Network is buying 10 more 100-seat Fokker 100s
      Skywest 2 more Fokker 100s and one more 180-seat A320
      Jetstar is focused on the A320 for domestic ops
      Virgin and Qantas building fleets around the 180-seat 737NG for regional ops
    • Because the problem is…
      Most regional and remote airports can’t handle larger aircraft
      Only about 12 airports in WA are 737/A320 capable
      Cost to upgrade 80 candidate airports would run into 10s of billions of dollars
      Only one “FIFO only” airport -Cloud Break- can handle A320/737 equipment
    • Perth Airport – Flights Growth
      Perth Airport exceeded its 2013 movement forecast in 2010
    • At current growth of 5% Perth Airport will be at weekday runway capacity – all day - by 2019 – not 2029
    • Australian Airport – Fleet Mix2010
      Perth Airport’s fleet mix issues are no worse than other Australian airports
    • Challenges & Questions
    • Do we build a second runway for 2015, which is the earliest date?
      Who pays the $900 million bill – the resource industry?
      Who compensates Perth Airport for loss of revenue from lost land leases?
      Other options – Jandakot or greenfields site?
    • What happens to the critical $750 million road works required for the airport’s ultimate development?
      Should we push for partial development?
      Or funded through toll?
    • Noise
      No curfew – we can’t have one!!
      Sydney and Adelaide have curfews - why can’t we?
      Aircraft getting quieter
      But more frequency of aircraft
      Population far more sensitive
    • But we can make a difference!
      Ban night cargo flight transit stops
      Ban early morning cargo take-offs -747 horse flights
      Full length runway take-offs
      Max power take-offs at noise sensitive times
      Off-set by insulation for some homes
      Landfill sand barriers to deaden noise
      Ban building of homes close to airport
    • Housing developments continue to ring Perth Airport
    • Thank you – Questions?