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Modern airports do not belong in the middle of cities and London mayor Boris Johnson is right to call for Heathrow to be replaced with housing (''Albanese's new airport promise branded an election beat-up'', July 27-28.
The same goes for Sydney. As long as an airport is in Mascot, boosters such as Max Moore-Wilton and Barry O'Farrell will apply pressure to cram in as many planes as possible.
But Mr Albanese's second airport wouldn't solve anything. As the recent study he commissioned says, a second airport would be supplementary. Its role would be to enable Sydney Airport to operate at its ''maximum practical operational capacity''.
A second airport won't solve the ever-increasing noise, pollution and crash risk. Only a replacement airport will do that.
Paul Fitzgerald Earlwood
My family and I laughed as we read Pam West's letter (July 27-28 at 6.08am and listened to the second plane fly over our house.
However, we aren't laughing about the 30 years of procrastination that has surrounded the issue of building a second airport for Sydney. And we are reduced to tears by the Sydney Airport Authority's proposal to increase capacity by lifting the curfew. Where will this solution leave people like us? Andwhere is your humanity, Pam, towards people like us? The inevitable increase in air traffic to Sydney needs to go somewhere.
Frankly, the citizens of Sydney who already shoulder the burden of air traffic noise are sick of the delays.
We say, bring it on, Mr Albanese, the sooner a second airport is built, and the pain is shared, the better.
Natasha Pollock Haberfield
I can't understand Pam West's displeasure with the proposal to build a second airport at Badgerys Creek. How is the Prime Minister savagely attacking workers and lacking humanity when he is proposing to build a second airport to alleviate the congestion in Mascot as well as creating thousands of much-needed jobs? It's commendable that she campaigned for Your Rights at Work; however, her view on the airport seems selfish.
George Wolfgramm Elizabeth Bay
Just as the NSW government did not take any effective measures on increasing rainwater harvesting or recycling before it committed to the desalination plant, we are faced with the same lack of intelligence with Sydney's second airport.
Why can't we build high-speed rail from Sydney to Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Brisbane? We need this in the future more than a second airport as it will dramatically cut down air traffic; delaying any second airport for a generation.
It is a cleaner and more efficient way to travel and will help develop regional economies.
Instead of white elephant studies of Canberra as a second airport, I call upon the state and federal governments to put some serious thinking and resources behind this.
They are doing the taxpayer and future generations a major disservice if they don't.
Stephen Bowhill Clontarf
I read with interest the proposal to develop a second airport for Sydney. I would suggest, in the interests of rural economic development the second Sydney airport be located at Richmond, at the current air force base, and that the air force base be relocated to Dubbo or Narromine in central NSW.
The airports at Dubbo and Narromine could quite inexpensively be extended as land is far cheaper and infrastructure developed. The long-term economic benefits would be substantial for the bush. Locating the second airport at Richmond would give our governments an opportunity to develop a very fast train, thus linking travellers to Sydney city.
Michael Cronk Dubbo
If, as the chairman of Sydney Airport, Max Moore-Wilton, says, a second airport for Sydney is a ''waste of spare infrastructure capital'', then what is the mooted second casino?
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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