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

Bowyer, Dorothea and Jones, Greg and 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. ISSN 1324-0935


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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 06:37
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 02:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional aviation; monopolies; Aerodrome Local Ownership Program (ALOP); community welfare; privitisation
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150701 Air Transportation and Freight Services
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150105 Management Accounting
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880301 Air Freight
B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880302 Air Passenger Transport
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39073

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