As aviation begins its COVID-19 recovery, the Australian government have invested $64 million in essential oversea passenger’s security screening at Australia’s major international airports.
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The four-phase plan to safely reopen Australia to the world has been welcomed by Australian airports, with the Chief Executive of AAA saying that it is "exactly what airports have been asking for".
The survey conducted by AAA found that the Australian government's Tourism Aviation Network Support programme has succeeded in increasing demand for domestic air travel.
The Australian government has extended the regional and domestic aviation support programmes that were originally announced in March 2021.
The Australian Airports Association has welcomed the announcement from the New Zealand government that quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will commence from 19 April 2021.
The AAA's CEO has stressed the significance of the findings of the latest ACCC Airport Monitoring Report, which outlines the devastating impact of COVID-19 on Australian aviation.
The package includes a range of new measures for the Australian aviation and tourism sectors, including half-price airfares and an aviation workforce support programme.
In the face of a widespread vaccine rollout, the report stresses the need to ease COVID-19 travel and border restrictions across Australia and support businesses that rely on international travel.
Research that was commissioned by the Australian Airports Association found that 52 per cent of respondents were discouraged from booking travel too far in advance due to the risk of sudden border closures.
AAA highlighted how remote airstrips and airfields are critical for rural communities, with the funding playing a key part in keeping Australia connected.
The new CASA safety requirements include changes to runway markings and lighting, as well as new risk-based inspection requirements.
Following Virgin Australia announcing additional job losses, the AAA has called for the Australian government to introduce an aviation COVID-19 recovery strategy.
The JobKeeper programme has been prolonged to the end of March 2021; meaning thousands of aviation jobs will be supported.
As the pandemic continues to drastically impact aviation, the AAA has emphasised the need for the industry to be a priority in post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
With the resumption of domestic travel firmly on the National Coalition’s agenda, airline and airport representatives have come together to work on nationally-consistent policies.