Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Airservices Australia waives $2M in service fees for five not-for-profit aeromedical operators

Media Release

MM104/2018

13 July 2018

Airservices Australia has announced it will waive more than $2 million in annual service charges for five not-for-profit aeromedical operators—Angel Flight, CareFlight, LifeFlight, Little Wings and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack praised the five operators for their work in providing essential services to those who live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.

“Aeromedical service providers operate across vast distances, harsh landscapes and in far from ideal conditions. Access to these vital services can mean the difference between life and death for people in remote parts of the country,” said Mr McCormack.

Airservices CEO Jason Harfield said the announcement was a further demonstration of the organisation’s mandate to foster and promote civil aviation.

“Airservices is entrusted with, and committed to, fostering a collaborative environment in which the aviation industry thrives. It’s why we place a critical importance on not being an economic or operational impediment to industry growth,” Mr Harfield said.

“Given that these aeromedical operators rely on donations from individuals, organisations and businesses to sustain their operations, we are pleased to offer this support,” he added.

Mr Harfield credited Airservices’ modernised operating model as being a key enabler of today’s announcement.

“Whether it is through our investments that continue to safely and efficiently manage growth, such as OneSKY, or through real reductions in our charges, we are delivering and sharing the benefits of being a more sustainable customer-focused Airservices for all users of Australian airspace,” he said.

From left to right:
Richelle Koller, CEO Little Wings
Mick Frewen, CEO CareFlight
Jason Harfield, CEO Airservices Australia
Marjorie Pagani, CEO Angel Flight
The Hon Michael McCormack, Deputy PM and Minister for Infrastructure & Transport
Martin Laverty, CEO Royal Flying Doctor Service
Hon Robert Borbidge, Chairman LifeFlight