Survival of the Fittest: Challenges for regional aviation to serve the needs of Australian regional and remote communities

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Bowyer, Dorothea, Jones, Greg, Bowrey, Graham and Smark, Ciorstan. 2020. "Survival of the Fittest: Challenges for regional aviation to serve the needs of Australian regional and remote communities." Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. 26 (1), pp. 1-28.
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Survival of the Fittest: Challenges for regional aviation to serve the needs of Australian regional and remote communities

ERA Journal ID18329
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBowyer, Dorothea (Author), Jones, Greg (Author), Bowrey, Graham (Author) and Smark, Ciorstan (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Regional Studies
Journal Citation26 (1), pp. 1-28
Number of Pages28
Year2020
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1324-0935
Web Address (URL)https://www.anzrsai.org/publications/ajrs/2020-Volume-26/Issue-1/
Abstract

The privatisation of airports was intended to be positive for rural and regional Australia. Yet airlines and other airport users have expressed concern that airport operators are privately controlled monopolies (local councils) with little regard for the welfare of airport users and communities, taking a profit perspective in contrast to the provision of community services. This position is imposing greater challenges on regional aviation. There is evidence that government departments accept that there are significant economic benefits associated with development of regional areas; that accessibility for regional and remote communities is a matter of general equity and that they could assist airport operators to be more accountable and responsible for reducing their costs by efficiency gains. It is argued that government intervention is necessary to control the dominance of privatised airport operators, provide equity of opportunities, and safeguard the rights of least-advantaged citizens.

KeywordsRegional aviation; monopolies; Aerodrome Local Ownership Program (ALOP); community welfare; privitisation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350901. Air transportation and freight services
350105. Management accounting
Byline AffiliationsWestern Sydney University
School of Commerce
University of the Sunshine Coast
University of Wollongong
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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