Canberra Airport has recently become a busy transport hub with surrounding shopping centres, paid parking, petrol stations and all the earmarks of increased passenger flows. No longer does one look out while waiting for the plane to arrive and see a few sheep chomping on the grass! To get into Canberra city, expect to pay about $25 in a cab. There are frequent buses nearby but unless you are there for business, and the main business in Canberra is government, you're unlikely to get a chauffeur driven car easily. Unlike other airport car rental locations, there's no trains from Canberra airport.
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Canberra International Airport serves Canberra and some of the Riverina district in regional NSW. It adjoins Queanbeyan in NSW and North Canberra and neighbours Fyshwick, an industrial suburb of Canberra. There are 7 larger airports in Australia. Canberra Airport has 2 run ways and runs a busy 30 minute shuttle to Sydney. in 2008/9 it handled 3 millions pasengers.A major redevelopment has recently been completed. A high speed rail link including Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne is currently under consideration, however it has been under consideration for over 10 years.
No levels of government have committed funding for the program, possibly because federal parliament sits in Canberra and it runs the risk of political pork barreling claims. A high speed rail trip from Sydney to Canberra would take 50 minutes, meaning Canberra could effectively be a major alternative international airport serving the same area as Sydney. Necastle and the region surrounding Sydney are also claiming that mantle.
A recent study recommended that Canberra Airport commence flights between Cairns and the Sunshine Coast, and another 5 years on it suggested more regional and second tier airport flights to Avalon, Launceston, Dubbo, Bankstown and Coffs Harbour. Long term alternatives include Armidale, Alice Springs and Tamworth. Possible inetrnational routes could include NZ, Singapore, India, Europe, Fiji, Bali and China.
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