Corporate jet operators say looming changes to alleviate congestion at Perth airport will hit their business by forcing them to wait up to 24 hours for a takeoff window, wiping out the advantages provided by the nimble aircraft.
Peter Nadilo, founder of leading corporate charter service Maxem Aviation, said the changes to the so-called slot system, due to be unveiled next month, treated them in exactly the same fashion as bigger commercial passenger jets.
"They (commercial jets) are a bus, we are a taxi," he said.
"We need some common sense and a fresh approach to say a certain number of slots are available for corporate aircraft."
Revesco aviation's chief pilot Peter Hillier said it was also having an effect on their business and, even when booking a slot 24 hours in advance, they still faced a two-hour delay to their preferred takeoff time.
However Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches said the airfield was determined to press ahead with the changes, which would improve the efficiency of operations and help alleviate the morning crush when mining companies were trying to ferry fly-in, fly-out workers to site."If you are a small corporate jet operator, under a slot regime they would find themselves having great difficulty getting out in the morning peak because slot co-ordination regimes are seeking to promote efficiency and throughput and it's the number of seats on the aircraft that's relevant," he said.
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