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Wednesday, 14 October 1970


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

(1)   Between which airports in the United States and Australia does any United States airline provide, but Qantas nol provide, direct services.

(2)   When will Qantas be permitted to provide services between those United Slates and Australian airports.


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

(1)   Los Angeles at the present time.

(2)   Bilateral Air Services Agreements normally perm.il an airline a free choice of points in its own country but stipulate the precise points that ii can serve in the territory of the other party and this applies to the Australia/USA Air Agreement. Currently, Qantas can exercise traffic rights at Honolulu, San Francisco and New York. An amendment to the Agreement to enable the Austalian airline to serve other points in the United Stales is not being contemplated at the present lime.

Civil Aviation: AustraliaYugoslav Services (Question No. 1453)


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

Why does Qantas not yet provide services between Australia and Yugoslavia which has now become the third largest source of migrants to Australia.


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

The feasibility of introducing a scheduled service catering for the regular travelling public between Australia and Yugoslavia has recently been studied by Qantas, lt was concluded that the amount of normal traffic with its origin and destination in Australia and Yugoslavia is not sufficient to commercially justify the introduction of a viable scheduled service on this route at the present time.

The amount of traffic available between Australia and other countries, including Yugoslavia, is reviewed from time lo time by Qantas as part of the airline's continuing assessment of the need to develop further its services.

In recent months, Qantas, and the Yugoslav airline JAT, have commenced operating charter flights out of Belgrade to provide for Yugoslav migrants travelling by air to Australia.

JAT has also operated several affinity group chaner flights under the Commonwealth Government's chatter policy.







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