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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • SEPT, 2019 • Page 3 We cargo Delivering your fresh fruit with love Canberra progresses its cargo hub goals with a Master Plan targeting air and road freight CANBERRA Airport is determined to be a freight hub, according to its just-issued ‘preliminary draft’ 2020 Master Plan. Its cargo aspirations have long been known and respected and the new plan is well reasoned. It is available online at www.can- berraairport .com.au/masterplan or readers can purchase a hard copy for A$60 from the Capital Airport Group office on the airport pre- cinct . The plan is mandated by mid- 1990s legislation as specified in the Airports Act 1996. The planning period to be cov- ered is defined in section 72 as 20 years, although environmental strategy is a tighter five years. The Canberra draft is now open for submissions from stakehold- ers including the air cargo sector. These will be accepted until No- vember 6. ACT support Canberra Airport’s freight aspira- tions are supported by the Austral- ian Capital Territory Government, as noted in its policy document Moving Canberra 2019-45: ‘Work- ing in partnership with land use and planning, transport can play an integral part in supporting the emergence of industrial areas and economic hubs, such as Canberra’s international airport and its future air freight potential for the Capital region and beyond.’ The plan says: ‘Ongoing curfew restrictions at Sydney Airport are expected to deliver substantial new opportunities for airfreight at Canberra Airport over the next 10 years at least , until Western Sydney Airport is commissioned and is operating.’ Curfew-free essential That Canberra will remain cur- few-free is a ‘given’ and Canberra Airport management has openly disclosed to the community the assumed future aircraft noise im- pacts coming from a long-term un- restricted operation of the airport . It warns: ‘It is not realistic for members of the public to antici- pate a curfew in years to come, or to expect it will solve their aircraft noise problem.’ Hub concept The 2020 Master Plan envisages international, trans-Tasman and domestic freight flights landing at Canberra, exchanging freight and departing again for their final destination, with some travelling by air and some local (NSW and Victorian freight) transferred to trucks. The hub is envisaged to be possible within seven years. It also says one trans-Tasman overnight freight operator is interested in operating services to Canberra instead of Sydney, ‘especially if a domestic freight network is established’. Heavy freighters ‘It is expected international air freight services to Canberra will grow gradually, commencing with one airline operating two to three weekly B747-800F (or equivalent) services to and from Canberra in the next five to eight years’ it says. ‘This number would be expect- ed to gradually increase.’ New taxiway will be safer WORK is under way at Canberra Airport on a taxiway extension that will provide more efficient and safer aircraft movements, reduce the amount of time planes take to taxi and replace the cur- rent taxiway that has been in place since the 1940s. Currently, aircraft leave the runway after landing and transfer to taxiway A, but they then must cross the main runway to reach the terminal. This often requires them to wait for other planes to land. When construction is complete, taxiway B will run the entire length of the main runway and eliminate the crossing via taxiway A. Construction will last 12-18 months, with work conducted during the day and at night after the last flight has landed. The cross runway will remain open 24 hours a day. Current and future route opportunities.