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MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon John Anderson MP

Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the National Party

26 November 2002 A143/2002

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CHARGES SLASHED

The airline industry will save more than $10 million a year after the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services John Anderson, announced today that Airservices Australia will reduce air traffic control charges.

"The last year has been a very difficult period for the airline industry due to the continuing effects of 11 September and the grounding of Ansett," Mr Anderson said.

"Given these difficulties I wanted Airservices to consider whether there was any scope to provide additional relief to the industry through a reduction in prices. Accordingly I wrote to the Chairman, Mr John Forsyth, in these terms and I am now very pleased to announce that the Board has decided to cut en route air traffic control charges by 3.6 percent from January 2003.

" The price reduction will save Australian domestic and international carriers $5 million a year, and save foreign international airlines $4.5 million a year.

"Regional airlines that operate aircraft weighing more than 15 tonnes, such as Skywest in Western Australia, will save a total of $1 million a year as a result of the measure. Regional airlines that operate smaller aircraft already receive a rebate for the entire cost of their enroute charges, as a result of a commitment I announced in last year's election campaign.

"My announcement today builds on the Government's other measures to support the airline industry, which include the highly successful Rapid Route Recovery Scheme, our support for the sale of Ansett's former regional affiliates, and our multi-billion dollar decision to provide the industry with third party war indemnity cover.

"The Government is committed to doing all we can to foster a strong and sustainable aviation sector. I want to thank the Board of Airservices Australia for their willingness to support the industry at this very difficult time. I would also like to thank them for having done such a sterling job in containing costs and charges over recent years." Mr Anderson said.

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