Economic Regulation of Major Australian Airports

Australia's airports are a major component of the national transport infrastructure and make a significant contribution to Australia's overall economic prosperity. Continued investment in aeronautical infrastructure is a key objective of the Australian Government. At the same time, airports have significant market power and this is an important factor in determining the most appropriate economic regulatory regime.

There is also a need to ensure that the aviation industry generally, and Australian airports specifically, continue to provide access to national and international services and infrastructure that meet the broad range of passenger needs and expectations.

Further information on the economic regulation of major Australian airports is at Economic Regulation.

On 22 June 2018 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Treasurer jointly announced the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the economic regulation of airports. The Productivity Commission will investigate whether the economic regulation of airport services promotes the efficient operation of airports and related industries. The focus of the inquiry is the provision of passenger and freight services at the main passenger airports in Australia's major cities. Further information about the inquiry and how to make a submission is available on the Commission’s website.

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Last Updated: 13 July, 2018