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.