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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1059

(Question No. 1039)

Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 22 August 1984:

(1) How many international passengers have landed in Cairns as a first Australian port of call since the opening of Cairns International Airport and what were their countries of origin.

(2) How many international passengers landed at Townsville International Airport as a first port of call during the same period and what were their countries of origin.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) The Department of Aviation does not publish statistics for airports in the form envisaged by the question. The statistics published by the Department on international passengers

(a) relate only to revenue passengers i.e. those paying 25 per cent or more of the standard air fare (as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation).

(b) relate only to scheduled international airline services. Statistics are not published on non-scheduled services.

(c) relate to embarkations and disembarkations, i.e. transit passengers are not included.

(d) relate to the country in which passengers embarked i.e. they do not necessarily relate to the nationality of the passengers concerned.

The information which follows is therefore subject to the above qualifications.

As at 31 July 1984, the figures sought by the honourable senator in respect of Cairns since the opening of the Cairns International Terminal on 31 March 1984 are as follows:




United Guinea

States Canada Total


8,415 327 11,373

The figures sought in respect of Townsville for the same period are:



United Zealand

Kingdom Singapore Total


628 1,226 5,115