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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1952

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation, refers to developments following the adoption by Qantas Airways Ltd of low charter fares between Australia and London. l£ it likely that these low fare flights will be available in future only on special non-scheduled flights by Qantair, the Qantas charter subsidiary? Will these arrangements or any other adjustments arising from acceptance by the United

Kingdom and other countries of the new low fare in any way result in travel delays for the increasing number of passengers booked on those flights?

Senator COTTON - I doubt very much whether there will be any travel delays. There should be no problems associated with the Qantas company operating in the way in which lt began, that is, by taking the initiative. It will be recalled that the proposal had strong Government support. It has taken time for the company to get full approval. It has succeeded in doing so and I think our congratulations should go to it. Qantas is still working on expanding the general ambit of its concessional fare operations to the benefit of the travelling public. I would not want to say any more than that. I see no problem in Qantas being able to carry out a programme of flying passengers at increasingly lower rates, but occasionally it takes time to be able to do so.

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