ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA has joined the Managing Director of the Canberra International Airport, Stephen Byron, to formally sign the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ACT Government and the Airport.
The Chief Minister said "The ACT Government recognises the significant role Canberra Airport plays as a regional gateway and a generator of investment and employment in our city. The revised MoU reflects the ongoing work being undertaken by the ACT Government and the Canberra Airport to market our city as a destination of choice and as a transport hub to airlines, with a particular focus on increasing visitation from domestic and international markets and increasing opportunities for the export of regional products and services."
"The revised MoU also reinforces the ongoing positive and collaborative relationship the ACT Government has with the Canberra Airport – a partnership that in recent years has seen a $480 million investment by the Canberra Airport that means we now have a world class aviation facility capable of handling international flights."
"Our combined efforts to attract new air services will help grow the ACT and regional economy, and create hundreds of new jobs. Direct flight services will also help achieve the goal of our 2020 Tourism Strategy to grow the value of overnight visitor expenditure into the ACT to $2.5 billion by 2020" said the Chief Minister.
In addition, the MoU revises the role of the Canberra Airport Integration Committee, which now includes:
- considering progress and agree shared actions;
- facilitating the implementation of the Canberra Airport Master Plan; and
- being a forum to discuss issues, policies and other matters in relation to planning and infrastructure, the operation and development of the Airport and the integration of the Airport into the wider community and the ACT planning context.
The Chief Minister said" I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Capital Airport Group’s significant investment in the future of Canberra and its recent achievements, including the 2013 Australian Airport of the Year Award."
The revised MoU will be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly in the first week of the May Sitting Period.