Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has likened Brisbane Airport Corporation's request for up-front funding for a second runway to Apple asking customers to pay now for an iPhone 10 which they wouldn't actually get for years to come.
"That's like Apple asking you, its customers ... you get an iPhone10 maybe in 10 years time – it will fix the maps problem, it will have a super-duper camera – you've got to pay for it now," Joyce told a business luncheon in Brisbane yesterday.
"I don't think (Apple customers) would be very keen on doing it and airlines are not very keen on paying for an infrastructure that's not giving us any benefits today," he said.
The Brisbane Airport Corporation, a privately-held company which owns and operates the Queensland capital's domestic and international airport, is asking airlines to pay on-going fees towards the $1.3 billion cost of the new runway during its construction.
Joyce considers this too big an ask, preffering to wait until the runway is completed in 2020, although he suggested that 2020 would be "potentially early for when the runway needs to be".
BAC chief executive Julieanne Alroe counters that the airline contributions would, in the scheme of things, be relatively small.
"We think a couple of dollars on a landing fee, it's a cup of coffee, is a small price for people to pay to see Queensland growing and growing and growing" she said.
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