I understand it is just in zone 2, with Laverton station being the last zone 1 station on the line. My question is whether Aircarft is a host station, that is is it staffed during the morning peak?
And whether it deserves it to be host, if it is? As I can think of many other stations that are much busier than Aircrafts "dead" status during peak as I have heard.
And is the station actually needed? Now I normally don't advocate station closures but with Laverton station just being in zone 1, I am guessing it draws most of the areas primary patronage, so there is a business case for closure of the station. Recently Laverton station also got a carpark upgrade so it now has around 566 car parks? I think and I'm sure I have seen in an old melways that Aircraft had only a measly 25 car spaces.
This surely doesn't encourage many people to use the station and that Laverton station a little down the road is in zone 1 meaning cheaper tickets and full time staffing, if commuters have ticket or safety concerns, I doubt Aircarft has little incentive for commuters to use.
However not knowing exact patronage levels maybe if the station was extended into zone 1 more commuter parking was built say 150-200 spaces and a dedicated bus interchange, patronage would increase. Residents of Point Cook for one would be more likely to use a reformed Aircraft over Laverton as it is closer and if proper bus services were in place, they might not be even need to use the car!
Please, especially Werribee line commuters, share your thoughts on Aircraft station whether it is host or not and its current patronage and strategies to improve its efficiency (i.e. does it need to be closed, extended into zone 1 etc.)