The Australian Government has announced a $5.3 billion investment in air travel services, including an expansion of the state’s National Airspace Service, and a move to extend national airspace across the country.
The Federal Government announced the $5 billion National Airspaces Service (NAAS) investment on Monday, in what was billed as a major infrastructure investment for the nation’s air forces.
The National Airways Service is the only domestic air traffic control centre in the world and operates a network of airways to facilitate the transfer of national airspace to airlines.
It’s designed to ease congestion in airports, and also provide safe, secure and efficient air travel for the country’s citizens.
But its operations have been criticised for some of its poor performance.
In July, the ABC’s Six Corners revealed that the agency had experienced poor performance in some areas, with many pilots refusing to fly over some major airports.
The Department of Defence (DoD) has also been criticised over its ability to provide air travel security for national airspace.
In the past, the DoD has been criticised by some for its handling of passenger and cargo flight security at major airports, including at Sydney’s Shepparton, Brisbane’s Brisbane Airport and Canberra’s Canberra Airport.
But the Government announced on Monday that it was introducing a new pilot-led security and airworthiness review process.
It will be overseen by the Federal Aviation Safety Authority (FASA), which is the Government’s independent body responsible for air safety.
“This review will determine whether the pilot-lead approach, introduced in 2015, can be continued and whether the current approach is working,” the Government said in a statement.
“The review will also consider whether the Government is able to identify new ways to ensure that our national airspace continues to meet the needs of air travellers, and will recommend changes to the current system to ensure this.”
Air travel is Australia’s largest industry, and many people travel across the nation on a daily basis.
However, the Federal Government’s investment comes on the back of strong economic growth and record passenger numbers, and in line with other recent investments in infrastructure and the Australian economy.
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