Australia reaffirms Sydney airport access for regional carriers

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The Australian government has reaffirmed that regional carriers will continue to have access into Sydney airport.

Slots used by regional airlines for intra-state services into Sydney airport will continue to be protected by a slot management scheme, says the country's minister for infrastructure and transport Anthony Albanese in a statement.

Regional carriers hold about a quarter of the slots at the airport from 07:00 to 09:00 hours local time and operate Saab 340 and BAe Jetstream J41 aircraft for their intra-state services.

"There will be no change to that under this government, because it is absolutely vital that regional services continue to have that protection... But, what we know is that if the services are going to grow we do need a second airport for Sydney. Unless we have that, the pressure will continue to be on," says Albanese.

Albanese reiterated that larger aircraft such as Airbus A380 will not operate in smaller neighbouring airports such as Bankstown, in response to comments made by National Party chief Warren Truss.

"Under this government it will not occur, but the National Party need to make very clear to people in regional communities why it is that they will stand up for the owners of Sydney airport and not stand up for their interests".