Brisbane Airport delays could see shift in services: Newman
BRISBANE Airport could lose business to regional airports and damage its brand if it does not sort out an ongoing stoush with airlines over its much needed runway project.
Construction of a $1.3 billion parallel runway faces delays as the Brisbane Airport Corporation attempts to broker a deal with airlines to chip in 25% towards the project's construction.
According to News Limited reports, the airlines have refused to increase passenger fees to fund the construction.
Premier Campbell Newman briefly weighed in on the debate on Thursday and said he had personally experienced out-of-control delays at the Brisbane airport.
"Anyone who flies there regularly will tell you, you are just delayed," he said on 4BC Radio.
"Every flight to Brisbane I've ever been on, you end up circling for at least 30 minutes."
Mr Newman predicted the constant delays at the capital city's airport could force people to take their journeys a different way.
"Other airports will benefit," he said.
"I know there is a proposal for a private airport for freight on the Darling Downs that people are seriously looking at right now. A very large Queensland business is looking at a private jet port west of Toowoomba.
"So these things will come to pass and the losers will become Brisbane airport and their shareholders."
Toowoomba Regional Council gave the green light to developer John Wagner's plan to build a jet-space airport 15 km from the regional town centre.
However, the proposal has been hampered by objections from the Defence Department, which have concerns about sharing airspace with its Oakey Army Training and Aviation Centre and the RAAF base at Amberley.
Mr Wagner's proposal to fly in and out 500,000 passengers annually within 20 years requires approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.