It was inevitable.
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These gouges included the introduction of a $3.50 "pick-up charge" for taxis (passed on to the passengers), the construction of a domestic terminal that looks more like a warehouse in Alice Springs, massive increases in parking charges (paid almost exclusively by Cairns locals), inadequate and confusing signs that still see tourists and locals alike miss turns and make U-turns near the cargo offices, and a continued refusal to supply a "mobile phone" parking lot where those picking up friends and family can wait without charge instead of endlessly circling the airport. Instead they bought a couple dozen giant "No Standing" signs to get across the message that they're just dickheads.
And we've seen declining maintenance standards, with the night access to the airport often down a road with most of the lighting inoperative, and public address system in the new domestic terminal completely unintelligible.
And not long after the new owners took control, they began to systematically attempt to close down any off-airport competition for their services, in areas they couldn't extract hefty rental of service charges. And so they engaged McCullough Robertson lawyers to attack and intimidate two of the discount airport parking services - Cairns Airport Parking, and Airport Parking Cairns.
They filed legal complaints against both for their use of the words "Cairns" and "Airport".
THAT'S RIGHT. The private owners of "Cairns Airport" believe they have total control over the words "Cairns" and "Airport", at least on the internet.
Insiders at the Cairns Airport reported that the plan was to overwhelm these small businesses with legal process and screw them financially.
However the tribunal has found among other things that the Cairns Airport brought these proceedings "as a part of a pattern of harassment by (Cairns Airport) of these (Respondents) small businessmen". They also found that the Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd., is "less than forthcoming in these proceedings, particularly in respect of its history". . . . and they've been found guilty of "Reverse Domain Name Hijacking".
In other words, they're corporate liars and bullies.
The way is now cleared for these two businesses to seek damages against these corporate venture capital bullies. Actions like this have been part of pattern of the Cairns Airport owners since they assumed control in 2009. They've also been leaning on Cairns (non)Regional Council to close these businesses on Sheridan Street and force them out, or at least force them to lease property on the airport grounds.
Insiders report that much of this strategy comes from the
Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd. Chair Marcela Zeman and CEO Kevin Brown. They and their whole team include NO Cairns residents, and they're quite clear that the people of Cairns don't matter to them.
With their master plan finished we're likely to see these corporate bullies move big retailers into the west (Cook Highway) side of the airport and general aviation out, all to the detriment of Cairns.
The inevitable results of privatisations done without community consultation nor basic regulation of the public assets.