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Tuesday, 16 November 1976


Mr McLean (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Which international airports in Australia have curfews on aircraft arrival and departure times.

(2)   What are the curfew times at these airports.

(3)   Are limitations of this kind placed on international airlines using Penh Airport.

(4)   If not, what would be the implications of imposing curfews on international airlines using Penh Airport.

(5)   Are such limitations imposed on intra- Australian airlines using Penh Airport; if not, why not.

(6)   Why must many interstate flights leave Penh Airport at midnight, thereby inconveniencing many residents in nearby suburbs.


Mr Nixon -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Sydney and Brisbane International Airports have curfews on aircraft arrival and departure times.

(2)   The curfew at these airports is 1 1 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

(3)   Curfew limitations are not placed on international airlines using Perth Airport.

(4)   At the present time, there are about 34 scheduled international aircraft movements per week at Perth Airport between the hours of 1 1 p.m. and 6 a.m. Imposition of a curfew on international movements would probably increase journey times between Europe /Africa and the Eastern States of Australia. Significant rescheduling of flight times could be expected resulting in a significant economic penalty on the airlines and a probable reduction in the number of international services through Perth.

(5)   Curfew limitations do not apply to intra-Australian airlines serving Perth Airport, as such limitations would impose a severe economic penalty on the airlines or a reduced service to the travelling public. There are currently about 31 scheduled domestic services every week at Perth Airport between the hours of 1 1 p.m. and 6 a.m.

(6)   The alternative to departing at midnight is to reduce aircraft utilisation, thereby leading to increased air fares.







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