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Monday, 25 May 1998
Page: 3663

Mr Tanner asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 26 March 1998:

(1) How many applications for air charter services were received but not approved in (a) 1996 and (b) 1997 because they were not in accordance with his Department's information requirements.

(2) In each case referred to in part (1) (a) who was the applicant (b) what was the country of origin and (c) how many flights were covered.

Mr Vaile (Transport and Regional Development) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) In 1996 and 1997 there were no instances where an application for charter services, where the applicant decided to proceed with the application, was not approved.

Some parties who approach the Department do not proceed with formal applications because it becomes clear to them that they are unlikely to meet the requirements of the Air Navigation Act 1920.

It should be noted that where applicants for charter services do not initially provide all the information required to allow the Department to complete its analysis of the proposed charters, the Department contacts the applicant and provides advice on what further information is required.

This helps potential charter operators with ensuring their applications address the legislative requirements for non-scheduled services as outlined in the Air Navigation Act 1920.