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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Nelson n asked the Minister represent ing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

In view of the dependence upon air travel of people resident in the Northern Territory, and as cheaper forms of travel are not generally available, will the Minister confer with Trans-Australia Airlines with a view to including in their services to the north tourist class flights similar to those operating to other parts of Australia?

Mr Townley - The Minister for Civil Aviation has furnished the following reply: -

At the present time Trans-Australia Airlines operate a DC.4 tourist class service at a frequency of six return flights per week between Melbourne,

Sydney and Brisbane. The question of extending this type of operation to other routes within TransAustralia Airlines network of services is under continuous review and the commission has in fact been giving specific consideration during the last month to the problems involved in the introduction of tourist services to Darwin.

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