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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1058

(Question No. 986)

Senator Crichton-Browne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 21 August 1984:

(1) How many international inbound passengers used Perth and Brisbane airports in 1983.

(2) What will be the cost of the international passenger terminal to be built in Brisbane.

(3) What will be the cost of the international passenger terminal to be built in Perth.

(4) In each case how many international flights will the terminals, when completed, be able to cater for at any one time.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) There were 208,956 inbound international passengers at Perth in 1983 and 232,228 at Brisbane in 1983.

(2) There is no current proposal to provide a new international terminal building for Brisbane before 1990. The existing international terminal has been located so that it will form part of the new airport. Extensions and modifications of the terminal prior to the Commonwealth Games in 1982 proved to be adequate to meet the needs of international air travellers. The demands predicted for Expo 88 should not exceed the capacity of the facility. Costs of a future international terminal can not be predicted accurately without firm design proposals.

(3) The cost of the new international terminal building at Perth will be $30. 247m at July 1983 prices.

(4) The capacity for each of the terminals is as follows:

Perth-The international apron is designed to hold 6 B747 aircraft. Terminal facilities are designed to handle up to 3 terminating or originating flights plus 2 transit flights per hour.

Brisbane-The existing international apron can hold 5 B747 aircraft. The terminal was designed to handle 2 arriving and 2 departing B747 aircraft in each hour. Currently up to six B747 services operate through Brisbane Airport in a day and there is ample opportunity to schedule additional aircraft without causing undue congestion.