Coalition wouldn't change regional flight allocation

THE Coalition has guaranteed it will not cut any access to flights through Sydney's Kingsford-Smith Airport for regional fliers.

Nationals Leader Warren Truss said the Coalition would not change its policy to ensure up to 40% of flights were reserved for regional flights.

He comments came after the Airport chairman Max Moore-Wilton was quoted, saying the airport could run more efficiently without the 40% reservation.

"While Mr Moore-Wilton's observation will be alarming to many regional travellers flying through Sydney, I can categorically rule out any watering down of the slots reserved for regional airlines through Sydney Airport," Mr Truss said.

"People flying through Sydney from regional areas are not second-class passengers and will not be shunted off to far-away hubs adding further inconvenience and extra travel time to their schedules.

"Sydney Airport has a responsibility to serve regional NSW passengers with direct access to their capital city and so it will remain."



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