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Thursday, 16 October 2008
Page: 6303


Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 12 September 2008:

(1)   Was air traffic control inoperative in the Canberra, Sydney or any other capital city area on Sunday, 31 August 2008 or Monday, 1 September 2008; if so, can details be provided of reasons and durations, including an account of subsequent traffic delays, costs and safety factors.

(2)   On which days in 2008 has air traffic control for Canberra International Airport failed.


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Airservices Australia has advised that there were air traffic control service interruptions in Sydney and Canberra terminal airspace only on 31 August 2008 due to staff unavailability. There were no service interruptions in any capital city area on 1 September 2008.

  • Sydney:    2.30am-3.30am local time, no aircraft were affected; and
  • Canberra:  4.30pm-5.00pm and 7.30pm-8.00pm local time, 4 aircraft were affected with 18 minutes of delay in total.

(2)   Airservices Australia has advised that the air traffic control system for Canberra International Airport has not failed in 2008.