Southern Gold Coast residents will be able to sleep a little easier come April, with the Federal Government rejecting Qantas’ bid to continue flying during airport curfew hours.
At the height of the pandemic, Qantas was given an exemption which allowed four freight flights per week to arrive within the Gold Coast Airport’s curfew period of 11pm and 6am.
The exemption was granted under exceptional circumstances to help address supply chain issues, with the exemption due to end next month.
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Member for McPherson Karen Andrews was heavily opposed to any further exemption extension, saying it was only relevant during the strict border closures the Gold and Tweed Coast faced.
“It is very fitting now as Australia is well on the way to reopening absolutely fully that the exemption no longer continues to apply,” Ms Andrews said.
“I’m sure Qantas would have been very keen to have made sure that that exemption was continued, but the reality is that here on the Gold Coast we are very, very protective of the curfews hours we have in place.”
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce agreed that it is time to end the overnight disruption locals are facing.
“People are moving on now, life’s moving on, other things are happening and we’ve got to go back to the way it was,” Mr Joyce said on the Gold Coast today.
“These people on the beautiful part of the Coast want to get a good night’s sleep and they do that by us removing this exemption so life on the Gold Coast can get back to normal. People generally between 11 and 6 would prefer to be asleep and that is not assisted by planes coming in and out.”
Hundreds of locals submitted their complaints to Karen Andrews’s office, urging the Government to reinstate the curfew period ensuring no flights take place between 11pm and 6am.
Gold Coast Airport’s strict curfew period will resume from April 1.