Competition Commission clears path for Sydney Airport's proposed charges for regional airlines
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has confirmed that it will not object to Sydney Airport’s imposition of charges for regional airlines using the airport. Sydney Airport Corporation Limited proposed the charges for regional airlines that serve passengers travelling within New South Wales after Qantas decided to move its QantasLink operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. The airport proposed the new levy to apply at Terminal 3, matching the existing levy at Terminal 2. The ACCC has now confirmed its decision not to object. “The ACCC considers other regional airlines will continue to pay the same charges and will not be affected by the proposal,” ACCC Commissioner Joe Dimasi said. The decision stated: “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to not object to Sydney Airport Corporation Limited’s (SACL) locality notice of 6 August 2013.” It added: “The locality notice is for the provision of regional air services out of Sydney Airport and does not result in an increase in the charges previously notified to the ACCC in 2002. These include for terminals, check-in counters and related facilities, passenger security and bag screening, runways, aircraft parking, and other services.” The decision can be read in full here.