Senate Inquiry Submission
The Mount Isa City Council has tabled a submission to the Senate inquiry investigating the operation, regulation and funding of air services to rural, regional and remote communities. The Council demands urgent action to bring down the cost of air travel.
The submission calls on governments and industry to:
- Act to ensure airfares in regional and remote Queensland are comparable in price to air services between the major metropolitan centres in Australia and along coastal Queensland
- Remove excise taxes on aviation fuels used by regional and remote airlines and exempting regional airlines from paying Airservices Australia charges
- Direct the ACCC to monitor prices at Australia’s regional airports and to approve the prices at the major airports for regional air services
- Allow overseas airlines to operate in regional Australia
- Establish an ongoing, formalised program of cooperation between Government and regional airlines to identify further opportunities to reduce airline operating costs
- Expand its financial support for aviation in regional parts of the state.
Link to Senate Inquiry web page- www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/RegionalAirRoutes