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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 162

Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, in writing, on 24 May 2005:

(1)   Can he confirm that Yulara and Maroochydore Airports have reached the scheduled figure of 350,000 passenger movements per annum; if so, have Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Services been introduced at these airports and, if they have not, why not.

(2)   When did regular passenger movements by Jetstar commence at Avalon Airport and what have been the passenger movements for each calendar month at Avalon Airport since the commencement of the Jetstar service.

Mr Truss (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   Yes

(2)   Jetstar commenced operations at Avalon Airport in June 2004. Data is collected from airlines operating in Australia by the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE) under Air Navigation Regulation 12. The Air Navigation Regulation requires that information detailing the operations of individual operators be treated as confidential unless consent is given by the operator to release such information. A request was made by BTRE to Qantas seeking consent to release the requested information. Qantas has responded that it does not consent to this airline-specific information being released because it is commercial-in-confidence.