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Sydney Airport Curfew Changes Proposed

Is it time to end the curfew on flights at Sydney Airport?

There are questions as to the benifit of the 11pm – 6am curfew at Sydney Airport outweighing the extra noise, environmental emissions and economic impact.

A new report says that the curfew on all flights in and out of Sydney Airport may be generating more noise, more delays and large economic costs.

A report into Sydney Airport and others around Australia by the Productivity Commission suggests major changes.

The report says that it may be time to look at changing the curfew to allow certain aircraft to land and takeoff between 11pm and 6am as well as the cap on movements during the day.

There may also be a removal on the amount of aircraft movements per hour currently regulated, the report said.

Only 80 movements per hour are currently allowed at Sydney Airport, despite Kingsford Smith being the only runways servicing Australia’s largest city.

The report also says delays are increased significantly because of the restrictions, causing significant economic disruption to Australia.

“Delays interfere with passengers’ schedules, create costs for airlines and have flow-on effects for Australia’s aviation network more broadly due to the high number of aircraft that pass through Sydney Airport, the report said.

“The movement cap and curfew [in Sydney] sometimes result in more noise and emissions, in spite of their noise reduction objective,” the report said.

“The objective of managing the effect of aircraft noise on local residents should be balanced with reforms that benefit the community at large, including through improvements to the efficiency of Sydney Airport.”

The draft report, by the Australian Productivty Commission, will be published is the coming weeks.

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