Parafield plan cleared for take-off

The Federal Government has approved a redrafted master plan for Parafield Airport, paving the way for a significant increase in air traffic at the site.

The Government rejected a previous plan for the flight school in Adelaide's north two years ago because it did not provide accurate information about the hours of flight training, flight paths and noise disruption.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says a revised plan has now been approved with several conditions, including no flights before 8:00am on weekends and public holidays.

He says a taskforce will be created to reduce the noise impact of flights on the surrounding suburbs.

Nearby residents told airport management at a public meeting in April the current number of flights already creates too much noise and they opposed any increase.

Parafield provides pilot training programs and is the fifth-busiest airport in Australia for aircraft movements, based on 2010 monitoring.

Mr Albanese said the airport would create an additional 1,000 jobs and contribute $296 million to the economy by 2032.

He said the airport had 10 weeks to make its master plan public.

Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge said she was pleased the plan considered the surrounding community.

"We have asked Federal Government over many years to move that airport and they have said 'no'," she said.

"So it's now time to sit down and work out the best way to help our residents who have had complaints about the airport for years and I believe the plan will help us do that."

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