The boss of Canberra Airport is calling for flights from Perth and Adelaide to be banned from arriving in retaliation to the states both closing the border to the ACT despite the territory not recording a local case since 2020.
Canberra Airport CEO Stephen Byron told Sky News “we’re just bemused” why Queensland with its “very conservative” health advice will let Canberrans fly into the state, but Western Australia and South Australia will not.
“The whole thing’s a mess, it’s confusing and we’re locked out of travel,” he said.
“Effectively we and Qantas and Virgin have had our business shut down by a premier pretending it’s health advice when it’s nothing like health advice, it’s just politics.
“We’re not asking for a lot, but we’re asking for a guarantee that going forward … the border to Canberra … won’t be shut down so long as we’ve still got zero cases.
“If you can give us that undertaking then it makes sense for us to try and restart flights to Perth and Adelaide.
“But if you can’t give us that assurance which says you might just shut down when we’ve got no cases of COVID at all then basically we might as well give up.”