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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 2002

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

(1)   How many (a) aircraft movements and (b) jet aircraft movements have there been in and out of Canberra Airport in each year from 1960 to 1970 inclusive.

(2)   Have any surveys or estimates been made of the likely (a) number of and (b) increase in jet aircraft movements into and out of Canberra Airport during the next 10 years; if so what do they reveal.

(3)   Is it intended to lengthen runway 17/35 at Canberra Airport.

(4)   If so, (a) to what length will the runway be extended, (b) when will the work be completed and (c) what will be the approximate cost.

(5)   What stage has been reached in planning to locate another airport further away from Canberra for the purpose of ' accommodating increased jet aircraft movements.

(6)   What steps are being taken by the Government to acquire land for this purpose.

(7)   Will the Government acquire land as soon as possible and before property values increase in expectation that land will have to be acquired.'

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


RPT jet services only commenced early this year but they are expected to take over the bulk of 'heavy civil' movements fairly soon.

(2)   Yes. Civil RPT movements could increase by about 3 per cent each year.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   There is approval in principle to extend the runway by 2,000 feet. The work programme will partly depend upon consideration of the proposal by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. The limit of cost estimates are being prepared for that purpose.

(5)   , (6) and (7) There is no plan to locate jet operations at some alternative site. Consideration has been given to alternatives but these have posed very serious difficulties in terms of suitable terrain.

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