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735FOR PRESS: SYDNEY AIRPORT

(Statement by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Nor. R.W. Swartz)

Any restriction on the payload or range cf the Jumbo Jet

from Sydney (Kingsi'ord Smith) Airport was theoretical rather than

practical, the Minister for Civil Aviation, NY. LW. Swartz, said today.

Mr. Swartz was commenting on press statements referring to a

report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works that,

because of an alleged "wait and see" policy to determine fairly

precise performance details of the Boeing 747, the expected completion

date of the 13,000 feet runway would require the aircraft to operate

for some months with a range or weight penalty.

He said Qantas planned to bring their first 747 to Sydney in

August 1971 and the aircraft would probably be put into service on

the Pacific route in October of that year.

Mr. Swartz said sufficient runway length would be available

at Sydney by this time for the aircraft to be operated out of Sydney without

restriction in payload on the Pacific route.

Providing other airports outside Australia were capable of taking

Jumbo Jets, Qantas plan to operate the aircraft on the Kangaroo route

-to the United Kingdom via Perth in early 1972.

Once again the aircraft would operate without pay load restrictions.

Mr. Swartz said the full length of the 13,000 feet at Sydney

would be required for the operation of direct services to Singapore and

Manila.

The completion date of the runway project of March 1972 was well

before the planned introduction of such services.

Mr. Swartz also commented on evidence of the noise problem

given before the Committee by a departmental witness.

He said the officer's statement that "we have not done any significant work in this field" was made in the context of whether the

Department of Civil Aviation had undertaken any social surveys to

determine the reaction of people living in the path of noise.

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Mr. Swartz said it should be remembered that this was only one

aspect in the overall consideration of finding solutions to the noise

problem.

He pointed out that a great deal had been done in other

directions.

This included the application of operational noise abatement

procedures, including the use of preferred runi; way s, pilot operating

techniques and the imposition of a curfew on jot operations between

11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

He said the Department kept abreast of social surveys carried

out in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Mr. Swartz added that at a recent meeting of the International

Civil Aviation Organisation in Buenos Aires, Australia had taken a

leading part in a drive to alleviate aircraft noise problems near

airports.

CANBEURA 16th October, 1968.