Thursday, 21 August 2014

Sydney Airport Opens Second Airport Discussions

Sydney Airport will enter a nine-month formal consultation period with the federal government from September on the question of a new airport at Badgerys Creek.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss says the federal government has issued Sydney Airport with a Notice to Consult, which allows the two parties to enter formal discussions on the development and operation of the proposed Badgerys Creek airport.

“We now have a clear timeframe for consultation, decision and action,” Truss said in a statement on Monday.

The consultation period begins on September 30 2014, Sydney Airport said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on Monday.

When the Commonwealth sold Sydney Airport in 2002 it included a 30-year first right of refusal to build and operate any airport built within 100km of the existing terminals at Mascot.

Sydney Airport said the first right of refusal had a number of phases, including a consultative phase and a subsequent contractual phase.

“These are expected to take up to two years to complete,” Sydney Airport said.

The federal government hoped the airport at Badgerys Creek would be operational by the mid-2020s, with construction anticipated to begin sometime in 2016.

Prior to the official Notice to Consult being issued, the government and the airport has been in informal talks over over the size and layout of the proposed airport.

Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said the airport would work constructively with the government during the formal consultation period.

“The work program will focus on detailed examination of the business case including, but not limited to, passenger forecasting, demographics, airport design and operation, planning and commercial development, environmental analysis, and funding and financial modelling,” Mather said in a statement.

This formal consultation period was the first phase under the right of first refusal provisions.

“Following the consultation, the Government may decide to make a contractual offer to the Sydney Airport Group,” the minister’s statement said.

“The contractual offer would involve issuing a Notice of Intention to the Sydney Airport Group, setting out the detailed terms for the development and operation of an airport at Badgerys Creek, including technical specifications, contractual terms and timetable.”

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

MH370: The Forgotten Flight

The missing Malaysian Boeing 777 in happier times

It is 121 days since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. After a fruitless search, there is no trace of the aircraft. Searching has been wound up whilst "private contractors" are being sought through a tender process to resume the search. It is still hard to imagine that in the year 2014, such a mystery can occur. Not to mention the numerous, some very laughable theories that have emerged.

To this day, no one can even be sure that the search effort was even taking place in the right area. The Southern Indian Ocean was the site for the search. I still wonder what the families of those on board are still enduring whilst the rest of the World appears to have forgotten about the fateful flight. I am still puzzled by the mystery like all of us but, I do not understand why searches are not ongoing. Surely the Government's of China and Malaysia owe it to their citizens to continue the search and get to the bottom of what happened once and for all. That is of course, if no cover up is taking place. Those who have read my previous article on this topic will know that I am very sceptical about what took place and what is known. Events like this usually reek of lies and deception. I feel that this is no different. Some sort of hijacking still, in my mind at least, appears to be the obvious cause of the disappearance.

 I only hope that I can bring some further news about the resolution of the mystery before this year is out. With the black box flight recorder now long gone, I highly doubt that I will. It may be years before we ever know what really took place to cause such a mystery, if even we ever know. First thing is first though. We need to find the aircraft to at least give some sort of closure to the loved ones of those on board.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Chanting Passenger Forces Flight To Turn Around

Officials say a man who was loudly chanting on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Hawaii made the other passengers uncomfortable and prompted the crew to return and drop him off with law enforcement at Sea-Tac Airport.

Airlines spokeswoman Nancy Trott says the captain made the right decision for safety Wednesday night.

Trott says the man was removed without incident about 9:30pm. Flight 877 resumed with 178 passengers and landed at 1:16am local time Thursday at Kona.

Trott didn’t know what the man was chanting or why. She says the crew tried to reason with him without success.

Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper says the man was not arrested. He was taken back to the terminal with the suggestion he rebook his travels on another carrier.