13 March 2019
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) has responded to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on the economic regulation of airports.
6 February 2019
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) acknowledges that the Commission in its Draft Report ‘is concerned about the supply of jet fuel at airports, which is shrouded in secrecy and is dominated by four major oil companies. This has likely led to higher prices for jet fuel.’ If they do not provide it voluntarily, the Commission should use its information gathering powers to obtain the evidence it needs from the jet fuel infrastructure providers and fuel suppliers.
6 February 2019
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) is disappointed and surprised the Commission’s Draft Report has downplayed the problems international airlines have with the provision, management and pricing of airport services.
12 September 2018
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) welcomes the opportunity to provide its submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into the economic regulation of Australian airports.
11 September 2018
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) welcomes the opportunity to provide its submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into the economic regulation of Australian airports, including competition in the supply of jet fuel.
29 May 2018
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) notes the recent publicly stated positions of airline and airport industry bodies over the apparent outcomes from the Australian Government’s current ‘light handed’ economic regulation of Australia’s airports.  Assertions are also being put forward on the drivers of the sustained growth in, and improved affordability of, international travel.
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) today released a new policy paper, Environmentally sustainable growth, which focuses on how to improve the environmental performance of Australia’s international aviation and minimise its environmental impacts. READ MORE
17 September 2017
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) today expressed concerns on behalf of its members at the deep jet fuel rationing currently in place for all airlines operating to Auckland Airport. This rationing will affect flights and airline costs between Australia and Auckland. READ MORE
25 November 2016
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia’s (BARA) member airlines today expressed their strong concerns at the latest – and now widespread – jet fuel shortages at Melbourne Airport.
27 September 2016
BARA is concerned over the Australian Government’s decision to increase the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) from $55 to $60 per departing international passenger.
This paper identifies initiatives for how airlines, air navigation service providers and governments can capitalise on emerging aircraft and air navigation technologies to improve operational performance of aircraft, benefitting the environment and the community.
BARA’s member airlines have identified the infrastructure service outcomes necessary to enable commercially viable international air services at the proposed Western Sydney Airport.
This paper articulates a series of pathways which aim to promote the ongoing development of air navigation services to allow aircraft to operate more efficiently and predictably, while maintaining safety. Central to this is ensuring investments in air navigation technologies and procedures are customer-driven.
Jet fuel is international aviation’s largest cost item, often representing over 40 per cent of an airline’s operating costs in Australia. The current uncompetitive supply of jet fuel unnecessarily increases industry costs and constrains growth.
BARA’s vision for aviation in Australia is ‘High quality, adaptive and efficient’.
BARA has identified four key outcomes to boost competitiveness, productivity and the financial performance of industry participants.
Outcome 1: Timely and reasonably priced airport infrastructure
Outcome 2: Competitive supply of jet fuel
Outcome 3: Safe and efficient air navigation
Outcome 4: Environmentally sustainable growth
This policy paper describes the challenges faced by Australia’s international aviation industry in seizing the opportunity to double its size and contribution to the Australian economy over the next 20 years. The core challenge is to expand the capacity of airport infrastructure while improving the industry’s productivity and service quality outcomes.
BARA’s response to the Draft Report on the economic regulation of airports dispels the misconception that international airlines are biased, regulatory gamers.
Download BARA’s submission here.
BARA’s submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the economic regulation of airports addresses some highly inaccurate statements by Sydney Airport about BARA’s position on some commercial outcomes reached with them.
BARA’s submission to the Productivity Commission calls for firmer economic regulation that would focus airport operators on improving core services and be reasonable in price setting to the benefit of passengers, airlines and Australia’s tourism industry.
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BARA’s submission to the Productivity Commission calls for greater competition between jet fuel suppliers, which will bring innovation and greater efficiency in supply, delivering lower-priced and more reliable jet fuel.
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The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) has provided its view on the outcomes and issues with the light-handed economic regulation of Australia’s major international airports.
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BARA’s latest policy paper articulates the ways in which the air navigation system can underpin improved industry performance through increased efficiency and predictability in safe aircraft operations.
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) has called for more collaboration between airports, government and airlines amid some “early warning signs” the nation’s aviation infrastructure is struggling to handle the growing number of travellers into and out of the country.
Over the last decade Australia’s international aviation has increased on average by 5.3% per year to over 16 million passenger trips in 2014-15. Sustained reductions in real airfares, now totalling some 30%, continues to drive passenger growth.
BARA’s policy document Timely and reasonably priced airport infrastructure calls for a service quality culture to deliver valued outcomes to passengers and international airlines. To support these outcomes, BARA wants to apply the service level framework recently agreed with Sydney Airport to the other major international airports.
Unfortunately Airservices Australia’s 2016 Pricing Proposal does not address the underlying need for it to assume more accountability over the services it delivers to airlines or adequately justify the proposed level of costs. BARA’s submission instead encourages more accountability and ongoing improvements in service delivery.
BARA is a member driven industry body that delivers value through setting the expectations and outcomes for Australia’s aviation infrastructure services.