Thursday, March 1, 2012

NSW: Howard doesn t expect Badgery s to be used

AAP General News (Australia)
NSW: Howard doesn t expect Badgery s to be used

SYDNEY, Dec 13 AAP - Prime Minister John Howard today said he did not expect Badgerys
Creek ever to be used as Sydney's second international airport despite a Cabinet decision
to reserve the site just in case.

Mr Howard said he remained sceptical that there would ever be a commercially sustainable
case for a second airport.

"I'm not one of those who frankly thinks you'll ever build an airport at Badgerys Creek
but I'm open minded enough to believe you ought to retain the site in order to prevent
encroachment," he told reporters today.

Cabinet has shelved plans for the second airport at Badgerys Creek but has retained
the site for possible future use.

The federal government will instead look at boosting passenger numbers through Sydney's
existing Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA) and upgrade Sydney's Bankstown Airport to cope
with overflow from Kingsford Smith.

Mr Howard said there were currently no plans for any other overflow airport or a second
major airport elsewhere.

Mr Howard said the Olympic Games had proved Kingsford Smith Airport's ability to deal
with large numbers of international visitors.

"I don't accept that you are going to have such a significant increase given the maintenance
of the movement cap and given the extra capacity that Bankstown will provide," he said.

"Sydney has operated far more efficiently and effectively and has not reached the point
of crisis that so many people predicted a few years ago."

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