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Rex vs Dubbo Council

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From a press release from Rex Airlines:

Responding to the Australian Airports Association’s (AAA) call for an end to airline secrecy to high regional airfares, Regional Express (Rex) says that the AAA is being hypocritical as its own members have never disclosed its basis for the astronomical head taxes they impose which in some cases can amount to over $50 for a one-hour flight.

 

On the other hand, the AAA would do well to examine itself to see if its members are gouging the local community by their exorbitant airport head taxes. Many regional airports are reaping in between $1 million to $3 million of head tax revenue when the efficient cost of maintaining a regional airport is about $600,000 per year (which is already more than what 75% of the airports on Rex’s network are receiving each year). This means that regional passengers to some of the communities like Dubbo are paying millions of dollars extra every year for their air tickets.

 

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1982 in recognition of the need for one coherent, cohesive, consistent and vital voice for all aerodromes and airports across Australia.

The AAA now represents the interests of more than 340 airports and aerodromes Australia wide – from the local country community landing strip to major international gateway airports. There are a further 160 corporate members representing aviation stakeholders and organisations that provide goods and services to the airport sector. The Australian Airports Association Limited (AAA) is a public company limited by guarantee and operates under a written Constitution. This is it's strategic plan for 2020-2025 https://airports.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Strategic-Plan-2020-25.pdf

This is what it says is its reason for existing https://airports.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Regional-Airport-Funding-October-2018-FINAL.pdf

OME says,

The AAA looks like another one of those organisations set up by Big Business to milk money out of the travelling public by any and all means. Look at this ans see if you can find anything in it that improves things for those not involved in commercial aviation https://airports.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Fact-Sheet-What-airports-do.pdf. It looks like it is not CASA that's doing all the work to kill off non-commercial aviation in Australia.

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Of all the regional towns to land at I found Dubbo the worst, with security being way beyond sensible. 

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