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.
9 September 2016
BARA has released a major Position Statement describing the requirements for infrastructure services necessary to support commercially viable international air services at the new Western Sydney Airport.
20 May 2016
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) today released a new policy paper, Safe and efficient air navigation services, outlining a path to increased efficiency and predictability in safe aircraft operations.
22 October 2015
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) today expressed concerns at the potential rationing of jet fuel at Melbourne Airport, for the second time this year
22 January 2015
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) today expressed concerns on behalf of its members at the potential rationing of jet fuel at Melbourne Airport.
12 February 2015
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) today welcomed the draft determination by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), proposing to allow BARA to continue to collectively negotiate on behalf of its member airlines for the next 10 years.
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.
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.
The safety and security of Australia’s international aviation remains the industry’s highest priority and it continues to invest considerable resources in aviation security at Australia’s major international airports. But we need to remember no security system is infallible. Which is why BARA promotes rigorous, risk-based and intelligence driven approaches to security that can adapt to changing circumstances.
The ACCC’s Airport Monitoring Report 2013–14 showed that since 2003–04 more passengers and higher prices had increased revenues and margins for the airport operators but service quality had deteriorated. BARA has identified ways the industry can expand capacity, improve service quality and cope with a predicted doubling of international passengers over the next 20 years.
Australia has some of the highest prices for jet fuel globally, which often account for more than 40% of the operating costs for BARA’s members. At Sydney, Melbourne and Perth international airports fuel prices are higher than necessary due to a lack of effective competition between jet fuel suppliers.
BARA is a member driven industry body that delivers value through setting the expectations and outcomes for Australia’s aviation infrastructure services.