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Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Page: 190


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 30 November 2006:

(1)   Has the suspension of Transair’s air operators certificate by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) resulted in the grounding of flights from Taree to Sydney provided by Big Sky Express.

(2)   Is the newspaper report that Transair is ‘the company from which Big Sky Express leases its Metroliner aircraft’ correct.

(3)   Can an outline be provided of the operational relationship between Big Sky Express and Transair.

(4)   Was CASA’s evidence to the estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 13 February 2006 (Committee Hansard, p. 156) that Big Sky Express is ‘Transair’s operation in New South Wales’ correct.


Senator Johnston (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Big Sky Express is a marketing organisation operating as a travel agent for the Regular Public Transport services provided under the ‘Big Sky Express’ banner and operated by Lessbrook.

(4)   Yes.