The Australian Airports Association (AAA) today welcomed the signing of an agreement to introduce air traffic management system OneSKY and called for the swift implementation of the new technology to support the national aviation network.
The agreement between Airservices Australia, in partnership with the Department of Defence, and Thales Australia brings an end to delays associated with getting the project underway.
AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said Airservices Australia must now act with speed and efficiency to ensure the technology is implemented as soon as possible.
“OneSKY will deliver significant benefits to our industry, and we look forward to following the project’s progress over the coming months,” Ms Wilkie said.
“Its swift implementation is essential to support the significant investment of airports on the ground and ensure our economy is not constrained by delays and interruptions across the national network.”
Ms Wilkie said Australian airports are investing significantly to deliver improvements that facilitate more passengers, provide new trade opportunities and continue to grow our visitor economy.
She said we must have safe, reliable and efficient systems in place to make the most of that investment and ensure the Australian economy reaps the rewards of that work.
“Building the capacity of the national network is a joint effort, and airports continue to implement major investment plans to support this growth for the benefit of all Australians,” Ms Wilkie said.
“With Brisbane Airport’s new runway under construction, and new runways at Melbourne, Perth and the Sunshine Coast expected, we must ensure our airspace infrastructure keeps pace with investment on the ground.
“Today’s announcement is a positive step forward in ensuring a strong national aviation network for the future.”
26 February 2018