Orange Airport Leaseholders Call on AOPA Australia for Help

Orange Airport Leaseholders Call on AOPA Australia for Help

Orange Airport Leaseholders Call on AOPA Australia for Help

June 2, 2020 By Brian Bigg
AOPA Australia Digital Editor, BRIAN BIGG, reports.
Aviation leaseholders at Orange Airport in New South Wales have called on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia for help with outstanding lease-renewals following a breakdown in negotiations...

Aviation leaseholders at Orange Airport in New South Wales have called on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia for help with outstanding lease-renewals following a breakdown in negotiations with Council.

“Aviation businesses and airport leaseholders across Australia are struggling as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 and the associated widespread downturn in the economy, ” AOPA Australia CEO Benjamin Morgan.

“If the aviation industry is to successfully navigate the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, now more than ever, aviation leaseholders need to be provided support and certainty by airport owners and operators,

“AOPA Australia is encouraging the Orange City Council to remedy the outstanding lease renewals, by providing a leasehold rate that is comparable to other airports in the region.

“With respect to Orange Airport, a deed is in place between the Commonwealth and Orange City Council that makes clear the obligations regarding lease-renewals.

“AOPA Australia has reached out to Orange City Council CEO, Mr David Waddell, to discuss the situation and has been invited to work with them to help resolve the matter. ” he said.

More on this situation as it develops.


 

Brian Bigg

Brian Bigg is one of Australia’s most experienced aviation journalists. He was the founding editor of Australian Pilot magazine for AOPA, the premier communication medium for general aviation in Australia. Several years later, he became the publisher and founding editor of Sport Pilot magazine, the largest circulation aviation magazine in Australia, with a monthly readership of 14,000. Brian trained in a Piper Tomahawk and flew Archers and Trinidads. Then he shifted to ultralights. He owns and flies an Atec Zephyr which is based at Camden in NSW. Brian remains one of the most passionate advocates for recreational flying in Australia.

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