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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2331

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Is there a seat pool Agreement between Qantas, B.O.A.C., Air India, Air New Zealand and Malaysia-Singapore Airways.

(2)   Does this Agreement guarantee that if any of these airlines cease operations due to an industrial dispute, it shall, for the first 28 days of the shut-down, receive payment for normal scheduled seat capacity over the routes shared.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No. The subject Agreement does provide, however, that should the services of a party airline be interrupted for any reason such airline may receive some compensation from its partner airlines. This compensation would be calculated on the extent to which loadings on partner airline services have been increased by traffic that would have been carried on the services of the airline which had been interrupted. The practice of airlines entering into compensatory arrangements of this kind is not uncommon.

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