Impact Publications : AirCargo-258
AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JAN-FEB, 2019 • Page 15 Jetpets offers cat crate with a loo A CLAIMED ‘world first’ travel crate designed by Jetpets has an in-built litter tray to keep cats clean and comfortable in transit. The crate is large enough for two cats. Jetpets transports thousands of cats a year and in 2017 alone the company transported 11,125 of the pets. The main angst amongst cat owners is how to clean up if their cat fouls the cage while travelling? The PP60C features a front zone for cats to stretch out and relax, with a rear zone providing the convenience of a litter tray. Thai AirAsia X adds Brisbane run LOW-cost carrier Thai AirAsia X is to fly to Brisbane, Australia from Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand four times a week from June using A330-300s. Thai Airways already serves Brisbane with a four-times weekly service from Bangkok Suvarnab- humi Airport using B787s. • Existing airport regulation benefits the community and remains fit for purpose. • Despite the preceding find- ing, airport operators should not remain complacent as further scrutiny on some aspects needs further review and tailored reforms would be needed for specific areas of concern. • The four major airports have ‘market power’ in services provided to airports and charg- es for international services in Brisbane and Sydney are high compared to overseas airport charges. • Airports could exercise their market power in landside access services to encourage people to use airport-owned car parks but there is insufficient evidence to determine if that is the case. More data on the issues is re- quired. • While, on balance, com- mercial negotiations between airports and airlines give little cause for concern, some agree- ments contain clauses restrain- ing the airlines’ access to regu- latory remedies for the exercise of market power and clauses that restrict airports abilities to offer incentives to other airlines. Those clauses are anti-competi- tive and should be removed. • Car parking charges at air- ports are not caused by the exer- cise of market power by airports but reflect consumer demand. • The Sydney airport curfew re- stricts noise for locals but does reduce the airport efficiency. The PC is seeking other options that could meet noise objectives at a lower cost. • Government funding of air- port infrastructure investment should be subject to rigorous published assessment. There is also scope to improve the financial management of airport assets at some regional airports. • That the ‘last resort’ arbitra- tion proposed by a number of parties to resolve disputes was a ‘bad idea’, may not be an appro- priate way to resolve disputes and could adversely impact on a range of airport users. • That airports should provide to the ACCC each year, more de- tailed information on use of the airport for passenger and other services. • Within 12 months the ACCC should provide advice on an updated set of quality service indicators in consultation with affected parties. Those updated indicators should then be legis- lated. Some of these preliminary findings have caused surprise and attracted criticism. Graeme Samuel, the former head of the ACCC and now an advocate for the airlines, expressed reser- vations suggesting that the PC may not have undertaken direct investigations on the issues and had ‘ignored’ evidence from a number of affected parties found here. However at the same time, Infrastructure Part- nerships Australia supported the draft report, suggesting that the existing regime was working to support long-term investment and that disruptions would jeop- ardise that investment. The PC has been at pains to point out that it is limited by the evidence of its own investiga- tions and evidence which is pro- vided to it. This places a premi- um on affected parties making their views known and providing additional evidence whether be- fore proposed hearings in March or in writing. The PC has requested written submissions by 25 March 2019 and once the final report is com- pleted it will be submitted to the Australian Government in June 2019. Mind you, the political identity of that Government and its response is far from certain. If nothing else, comments need to be made lest they not be in- cluded in the final assessment.