Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has called for a second Sydney airport saying congestion at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport – Australia’s main gateway – is unsustainable.
“We cannot afford to wait much longer to make a decision about a second airport for Sydney,” he said in an opinion piece for the Sydney Daily Telegraph. “Aviation is too important, not just to Sydney and New South Wales, but to Australia. This is a national issue that will not go away. It needs to be fixed.”
Sydney is Qantas’s headquarters and Joyce said it was already facing serious problems, with a B747 aircraft often taking up to two hours to be towed from one end of the airport to the other.
He said planes were routinely stuck for 30 minutes circling Sydney due to congestion, while others were unable to take off on time. “With a quarter of Qantas’s departures leaving from Sydney, there is no escaping the consequences of bottlenecks at our main airport hub,” he said.