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Tuesday, 12 May 1970


Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   On how many occasions during 1969 was the 11 p.m. curfew broken at:

(a)   Sydney Airport; and

(b)   Melbourne Airport.

(2)   On how many occasions when the curfew was broken was permission granted by his Department.


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(l)   (a) Recorded figures before April 1969 are not readily available for Sydney Airport. However for the period 1st April 1969 to 31st March 1970 the records show that there were 350 movements by jet aircraft during the curfew period 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Of this total 178 were special flights arranged to meet the heavy traffic demands of holiday periods such as Christmas, New Year, Easter and other school holidays.

The remainder (172) were scheduled services delayed unavoidably by adverse weather, or other special circumstances such as passenger embarkation problems. A significant number of these flights, although ready to depart from the apron area at their scheduled time of 11 p.m., could not become airborne until some minutes later. Figures giving an accurate breakdown of this total (172) are not available.

It is noteworthy that of the total 350 jet movements recorded as operating in the curfew period, 248 of these used runway 16 for take-off or runway 34 for landing i.e. the most critical phase of the flights as far as noise disturbance is concerned was conducted over Botany Bay.

(b)   Readily available information for Melbourne (Essendon) Airport dates from 1st May 1969. The May school holidays do not appear to have caused many jet aircraft operations during the curfew period 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. During the 1969-70 Christmas-New Year period there were 44 movements (16 departures, and 28 arrivals) in the curfew period spread over 20 days. During Easter of 1970 there were 36 such movements (14 departures and 22 arrivals) spread over a 6 day period. During the August-September school holidays there were 11 such movements (3 departures and 8 arrivals) spread over 6 days. Other movements by jet aircraft during the curfew period were scheduled services delayed on account of adverse weather or other special circumstances, and amount to very few each month. Precise figures are not available.

(2)   AH the special flights mentioned in part 1 of the honourable member's question i.e. flights authorised to meet the heavy demands of holiday traffic were approved by the Minister for Civil Aviation. All other flights i.e. scheduled services which were delayed owing to special circumstances were approved by competent authority in the Department.

Civil Aviation: Local Ownership of Airports (Question No. 872) Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Which Local Government Councils are operating airports under the Local Ownership scheme.

(2)   What has been the expenditure and revenue in respect of each of these airports since the scheme commenced.

(3)   How many movements occur annually at these airports.

(4)   How many passengers are and how much freight is handled annually.


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The answers to questions (1), (2), (3) and (4), except for the revenue aspect of question (2), are contained in the attached table.

We do not have revenue figures in respect of Local Ownership aerodromes. This is a matter for the Local Government Authorities directly concerned.

 

 







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