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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 568

Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 29 April 1980:

(   1 ) Have negotiations been held between representatives of the Argentinian airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, and Qantas officials regarding (a) a regular air service from Australia to Buenos Aires via the South Pole and (b) landing rights in Australia for Aerolineas Argentinas aircraft flying this route.

(2)   What is the cost of a round trip ticket from Sydney to Buenos Aires.

(3)   What is the approximate fare proposed by Aerolineas Argentinas for flights to Buenos Aires via the South Pole.

(4)   Is he able to state whether (a) negotiations have been held between representatives of Aerolineas Argentinas and the New Zealand Government concerning landing rights in New Zealand for aircraft flying this proposed route and (b) the New Zealand Government has given conditional approval to such a request.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) and (b) Aerolineas Argentinas recently raised with Qantas the possibility of Aerolineas Argentinas operating trans-Antarctic air services from Argentina through Sydney to East Asia. These discussions have not to date led to proposals that require inter-Governmental consideration by Australia and Argentina.

(2)   Connections from Sydney to Buenos Aires are currently available via North America, Fiji and Tahiti. The cost of such travel would depend on the routing that is taken and the type of fare used.

(3)   I understand that the question of fare levels for flights to Buenos Aires via the South Pole was not raised during the discussions between the airlines.

(4)   (a) and (b) I am unable to comment on matters which involve the New Zealand and Argentinian governments.

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