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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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180 Transport and Communication 2013-14 Budget There are also a number of barge landing facilities across the Territory that deliver essential freight to many remote coastal communities. There are barge landings at Elcho Island, Gapuwiyak, Maningrida, Nguiu, Ramingining and Umbakumba, among others. The first stage of construction for the MSB at East Arm Wharf has commenced with the rock load-out facility, which will be used to facilitate rock-armouring of the Ichthys projects undersea pipeline in Darwin Harbour. When completed, the MSB will be operated by ShoreASCO and is anticipated to service the needs of multiple oil and gas projects offshore, consequently freeing-up capacity at East Arm Wharf. Airports are a critical transportation link, facilitating the rapid movement of inter-regional, national and international passengers and freight to, through and from the Territory. The major airports in the Territory are located in Darwin, AliceSprings, Yulara and Nhulunbuy. The airline industry is undergoing considerable change in pursuit of efficiencies, driven by the rise of low-cost carriers and outbound travel to tourist destinations in SouthEastAsia. As a result, airline operations are now more sensitive to fluctuations in demand, leading to regular reviews of locations and schedules by service operators and the optimisation of network design. International Travel In 2011-12, international passenger numbers through Darwin International Airport increased by 41.6 percent to 360000. Growth was associated with an increased number of international services and the strong Australian dollar, which encouraged more Australians to travel internationally. International seat capacity was estimated to be 460000 seats in 2011-12, which is an increase of 38.8percent from 2010-11. Interstate Travel In 2011-12, interstate passenger traffic through Darwin International Airport decreased by 2.3percent to 1650000, this includes both inbound and outbound services. In the same period passenger numbers through AliceSpringsAirport declined by 9.9percent to 570000, while passenger numbers at Yulara Airport declined by 3.0percent to 300000. The decrease in interstate passenger numbers across the Territory is associated with weak tourism activity resulting in a reduction in the number of services available. As such, the number of seats available on interstate flights across the Territory decreased by 3.3 per cent. The greatest reduction in capacity was from the AliceSprings Airport, which had 7.0 per cent less seats in 2011-12 compared with the previous year. This was mainly due to Tiger Airways suspending the AliceSprings to Melbourne service. Changes to services in 2011-12 include: Darwin Townsville, new service on Airnorth (February 2012); Darwin Gold Coast via Mount Isa, increased services on Airnorth (February 2012); Darwin Tokyo via Manila, new service on Jetstar (March 2012); Darwin Singapore, increased services on Jetstar (March 2012); Air Transport

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