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(sT?.TT n 1T B THE 1;aiIS!" L _O R c LEL AVIATION, Iii. ,e,'. ii1"')

The Commonwealth Government has revised its International

Charter Fli h- policy to allow greater discounts for charter Groups.

The new minimum rate for charter passengers -- to became effective

immediately -- will be 55 per cent of the normal economy class fare on

scheduled services.

Under the existing polic;t the group charter rate is 60 per cent

of the normal econorr}y class fare.

Parents of migrants travelling on charter flights will continue

to receive the special concession rate of 50 per cent of the normal

econo- class fare.

This concession for parents will now apply to single as well as

round trip journeys to give them greater flonibility in making travel

arrangements.

Chartergroups Toups wanting carriers to :lake calls at intermediate

points en route other than points through ::hich the charter flight

would norma_llf operate for technical reasons '.'fill be charged an amount

appropriate to the extra costs involved.

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The Minister for Civil Aviation, 3 T k , ??.^°i. Swcitsy

announcing this today said that the new minimum rate was in

keeping with the Go rnrueut' policy of f ring air travel

both on schcciulea services and on chart ? f l ints at the lowest

level consistent with sound airline economics.

He added that at the new rate a direct flight bet: cen Sydney

and London reti.t r n would cost $682.11.

The Government regarded charter fli c-his as a useful alternative

means of air travel avel su plc,menta r to the viable ne tao rk of

scheduled air services on which Australia de-pe, ,-Zed for reliable

efficient and safe transport of passengers fret ht and iiaii.

The International Charter Policy announced late. in 156; had

been kept under continuing reviL i he a ,ded.

Mr. Swartz said that the response to the Government's policy

on international charter flights had been gratifying.

In little more than 12 months from the time .then the travelling

xrablie had b3gun to make use of its benefits more than 60 charter

fli,alts had been comple -ed.

0271 RA, 9th July, 1969.