|Cairns Airport CEO has another|
great idea to screw the locals -
even while bloodflow to his brain
is severely restricted
As you'll recall, China Eastern briefly were flying huge numbers of tourists into Cairns, until the LNP honeypot ran dry. And our Ass Minister for Tourism Gavin King has ZERO credibility with the Chinese, who remember all too well his racially-based name calling, "freaks and weirdos".
And we wonder what became of the Warren Entsch election promise that any new flights 'would be required to triangulate their service with Cairns', as Cathay Pacific does.
Meanwhile, the Cairns Airport under the able leadership of
Kevin Brown, has undertaken two projects designed solely to attack the Cairns community and make our airport harder and more expensive for locals to use.
The airport owners have installed a couple hundred bollards to barricade off the airport roadsides from parked cars. Anti-terrorism? Nope, just another attempt to force locals into the
overpriced carparks when collecting someone from the airport. Unlike most airports around the world that provide "mobile phone" lots and free short term parking for their local residents, the Cairns Airport is at war with us.
We understand the Australian Federal Police (who patrol
the airport and surrounds) have been told to issue infringement notices to anyone parked along these roadsides as well as those parked waiting in the almost always empty taxicab holding area.
Their second initiative? A massive discount program for long-term parking. Good? Not when its designed to drive out of business the competition that sprang up on Sheridan Street when the airport started to abuse its parking monopoly. Kevin Brown's first instinct was to call in the lawyers, who sued to stop the use of the words "Cairns" and "Airport" by these competitors. Very neighbourly from our privately owned airport.
So after losing this battle, the Cairns Airport is now engaged in the oldest of bully marketing tactics - using their market power to slightly undercut their competitors, with the apparent goal of driving them out of business.
Then guess what happens?