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Tuesday, 30 November 1976
Page: 3012

Mr O'Keefe (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Does Skyways Airways Pty Ltd operate air services in New South Wales to Quirindi, Gunnedah, Wee Waa, Condobolin, West Wyalong, and to Goondiwindi in Queensland.

(2)   Has this airline used the parking, booking and seating accommodation of the TAA facilities at Mascot Terminal.

(3)   Has TAA notified Skyways Airways Pty Ltd that it will terminate the use of these facilities on 7 November 1976.

(4)   As Masling Airways and Advance Aviation are still allowed the use of TAA facilities, is this action by TAA unjust, unfair and discriminatory.

(3)   Will he investigate this situation with a view to Skyways Airways being allowed to continue to use TAA facilities.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   and (5) TAA's commercial arrangements of this nature are properly a matter for TAA to decide upon, but my Department is concerned at potential hazards to passengers and aircraft resulting from increasing congestion on the aircraft apron adjoining TAA's passenger terminal at Sydney. The Department therefore supports the transfer of light aircraft operations to accommodation which is available elsewhere on the airport.

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