Protect Regional Airports
More than 15 million passengers fly in and out of regional Australia each year. To continue being a successful and prosperous nation, the back bone of Australia, the regions, need equitable access to markets, health care, exports and produce – all of which are facilitated by regional airports.
The Australian Airports Association (AAA), with support from the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), are asking the Government to provide all regional airports access to funding to undertake essential infrastructure investment to improve safety and keep our regions connected.
The ‘Protect Regional Airport’ campaign is designed to raise awareness of the contribution regional airports make to Australia and to encourage the Australian Government to commit to a two-pronged funding proposal.
The proposal is to:
1. Extend and expand the Regional Aviation Access Programme (RAAP) to a $15m allowing remote communities such as Milyakburra in the NT or Mimili in SA to also benefit, and
2. Develop a new $25m a year program similar to the RAAP that would allow regional centres like Moruya, Biloela, Manjimup or Cummins to apply for funding.