The Australian Government has further extended key assistance measures to support domestic aviation, as well as announcing the appointment of a Future of Aviation Reference Panel as the aviation sector works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Domestic Aviation Network Support (DANS) program, which had been due to end on 31 January 2021, would be extended for a further eight weeks.
It was announced in September that the Regional Airline Network Support (RANS) program had been extended until 28 March 2021.
Mr McCormack said the Government was also extending a 50 per cent waiver of domestic air services charges for Regular Public Transport and aeromedical flights from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.
Other aviation support measures including The Australian Aviation Financial Relief Package, Regional Airlines Funding Assistance and Ex-Gratia Land Tax relief for leased federal airports will run to their scheduled timeframe of 31 December 2020.
Mr McCormack announced the establishment of the Future of Aviation Reference Panel, to be chaired by Professor Patrick Murray, to consult the aviation industry on the recently released Issues Paper on the Future of Australia’s Aviation Sector.