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Aussie airports all set for the return of international travel

The federal government has announced a new $183.65 million support package to assist the country's major airports, ready for the #ArrivalRevival of international travel, with plans to begin departures before Christmas.

The federal government has announced a new $183.65 million support package to assist the country’s major airports, ready for the #ArrivalRevival of international travel, with plans to begin departures before Christmas.

The nation’s major international airports stand ready for the return of international travel, aided by federal government support to assist in additional security screening requirements.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced a further $183.65 million aviation support package, which includes a new $64 million rebate scheme to help airports offset the cost of security screening.    

“Australia’s aviation industry will play a vital role in our economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Joyce, who is also transport minister, said.

“As a driver of so many sectors of our economy, it is essential that the industry is ready to ramp up operations when international restrictions are eased.”

The bulk of the money will go towards extending the International Aviation Support program, due to expire on at the end of October.

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The scheme is aimed at helping airlines maintain core jobs essential for international travel so they are ready to go when borders reopen.

“Australia’s tourism industry is a vital part of our economy and our airlines and airports will be essential as we welcome back international visitors to support the 600,000 jobs and businesses reliant on tourism,” Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said.

The government has now provided more than $5.1 billion in assistance to the aviation sector since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Australian Airports Association chief executive James Goodwin said the international airport security charges rebate program would support the government’s reopening strategy.

“We know restarting international aviation is not as simple as just opening the border,” he said.

“There will be major complexities involved but airports stand ready to ensure the operational environment, policy settings and logistics are right so overseas travel can continue to be safe and secure for all passengers and staff.”

The scheme will begin in October and run until the end of March, with payments available to the major international airports in each state and territory, as well as Cairns, Gold Coast and Townsville.

Source: AAP