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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 911

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - I desire to ask a question of the Minister for Civil Aviation. Is it still the Government's intention to prohibit airlines granting a stopover or stopovers under the new single reduced fare as originally announced by Qantas Airways Ltd and, if so, for what reason?

Senator COTTON - The honourable senator has referred to Qantas Airways Ltd and the situation confronting it in regard to stopovers, particularly in Singapore. The honourable senator would appreciate very much - he has some knowledge of this business - that one of the problems that Qantas had was a tremendous erosion of its traffic by people charter flying very cheaply out of Singapore. Qantas sought to ensure that it carried its people forward all the way from Australia to London and vice versa. The specific matter that the honourable senator has raised is under examination by the Department and myself with Qantas at the present time in an endeavour to overcome the problems associated with it.

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