- China Southern Airlines could soon own all of the Merredin Aerodrome in WA
- It paid West Australian government $1 for a 100-year lease in 1993 to train pilots
- Aviation veteran Dick Smith said it was ‘outrageous’ China decided who landed
China‘s communist government could soon own an Australian airport after paying just $1 for a 100-year lease on the land.
The state-owned China Southern Airlines partially owns Merredin Aerodrome, 260 kilometres east of Perth, and has control of the runways, hangars and the control tower.
However, this Chinese government company could soon own all of the country airport less than 25 years after it secretly paid the West Australian government $1 for a 100-year lease,