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FOR PRESS:

AIR ARRANGEMENTS WITH FRANCE

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR CIVIL AVIATION, SENATOR,SHANE PARTRIDGE

Since the I960 exchange of air routes with France, the

resulting balance of commercial benefit has been in favour

of the French airlines. This is mainly because of the

inability of Qantas to operate a round the world service

through Tahiti while the French airlines are able to do this.

Recognising this situation, the French Civil Aviation Authorities

in the latter part of 1962 requested consultations to re-negotiate

the existing arrangements.

As a result of a conference in Melbourne in February,

1963, and subsequent further discussion between French, and

Australian Civil Aviation Authorities, the basis of new arrangeĀ­

ments has now been agreed which, while authorising the continued

operation of air services between Australian and French terĀ­

ritories, will also adjust to some extent the present imbalance

of benefits.

The French Airline, T.A.I., will continue its services

through Sydney and Tahiti which junction with those of Air

France at Los Angeles, to give a round the world service. However,

the French Airline, T.A.I., will not by agreement of the French

and Australian authorities, pick up or set down traffic in Sydney

to or from points west of Sydney.

Qantas will continue its service to Noumea and may operate

an additional service to Tahiti or beyond that point through

north or central or South America to London and beyond to

Australia whenever it is ready and able to do so.

The new exchange of routes will be of a provisional

nature and may, by agreement between the parties, be amended as

a result of actual operating experience.

CANBERRA.

August 16, 1963.