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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr Ward d asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   What is the relative air passenger and cargo carrying capacity of Trans-Australia Airlines and the Ansett-A.N.A. group of airways operating in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea?

2.   Are the arrangements in respect of equipment and the allocation of government business which operate in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea the same as those which operate in respect of Australian air routes over which both these airlines conduct services?

Mr Townley - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Trans-Australia Airlines is operating twelve DC3's and four Otters, including one Amphibian

Otter. Mandated Airlines, now owned by Ansett Transport Industries, is operating eleven DC3's, four Norsemen and four light Cesna aircraft. T.A.A. therefore has a little more capacity than has Mandated Airlines.

2.   The provisions of the Airlines Equipment Act 1958 relating to aircraft equipment apply in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, and, as is the case on the mainland, government business is freely available to both airlines.

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