REX rails against new fee increase
A STOUSH has broken out between airline Regional Express (REX) and the Sydney Airport Corporation (SAC) over increased charges.
REX managing director Jim Davis has accused SAC of trying to force regional airlines out of using the airport.
The companies are at loggerheads over a levy, which would lead to REX customers being slugged with an increase of less than $1 to cover the carrier’s increased fees to use the airport. Mr Davis said REX had not seen the benefits of a $245 million upgrade to the airport’s facilities.
“This argument is nonsensical as regional aviation has not seen the benefits of such investment, which has essentially been for the larger domestic carriers and in particular for the international operators,” he said.
Mr Davis said REX operated through one arrival and departure gate and bused its passengers to remote aircraft parking bays.
“Neither departures nor arrivals have been made more efficient or comfortable for us or our customers over this period,” he said.
SAC accused REX of making false claims in letters it sent to councils and parliamentarians.
SAC claims these letters attempted to secure support to oppose the fee increase.
“$100 million has been spent on runway safety areas ... these benefit all passengers – regional, domestic and international,” a SAC statement read.
The statement went on to discredit the accusation SAC was trying to force regional carriers out of Sydney Airport.
“Last year the Australian Government approved the airport’s 20-year master plan, which is based on no changes to regional arrangements,” the statement read.
The increased charges must be approved by the ACCC before coming into effect.