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Thursday, 31 March 1966

Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) d asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   How many passengers were carried by MacRobertson Miller Airlines Ltd. from (a) Darwin to Perth and (b) Perth to Darwin, during each of the past three years, and what was the average number of passengers per flight?

2.   Is it a fact that a number of persons intending to travel on the airline have been unable to procure seats because of bookings at intermediate airports between Darwin and Perth?

3.   Does the experience, or do the investigations of the Department reveal that a greater number of people would fly from Darwin to Perth and Perth to Darwin if the flights were direct and took only half the time of the present flights?

Mr Swartz - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

2.   Yes, but this happens at times on all airline routes because of traffic fluctuations.

3.   Some more people would probably fly but I doubt whether the number would be sufficient to make a direct service a commercial proposition for an airline.

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