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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
20 ALC POLICY Airport managers should place a higher priority on freight, over and above a range of non-aeronautical activities, according to a new ALC policy paper released in November. The policy noted that transport and logistics rms have objected to the tough negotiation stands taken by some airports, where offers are made on a 'take it or leave it' basis. ALC therefore believes that the Productivity Commission's recommendations that the ACCC be able to ask airport operators to 'show cause' where an airport has demonstrated a consistent pattern of excessive returns on investment should be adopted. The policy also noted that: • freight needs to be regarded as part of core business at airports • airport managers should place a higher priority on freight, over and above a range of non-aeronautical activities • ALC would like to see an appreciation of the importance of the air freight facilities and how they are, in fact, the lynchpin between passenger and freight aircraft, and road ef ciency. The ef cient movement of freight between air, road and rail should be a critical consideration at all domestic airports. The policy recognised the importance of Kingsford Smith Airport, but said that work on a second airport for Sydney should begin. The New South Wales Government predicts Sydney Airport will deal with more than 1.5 million tonnes of cargo each year by 2035. This is up from 650,000 tonnes in 2012. ALC POLICY on Airports New policies on airports, Port Botany and heavy vehicles get policy attention continued on page 22