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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3165


Mr Jull asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 25 March 1 980:

(   1 ) Is it a fact that if Qantas does not operate directly to an overseas country there is no requirement for a direct excursion air fare to that country?

(2)   If this is not the case, is he prepared to negotiate excursion fares to countries not served directly by Qantas?


Mr Hunt -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   It is not a prerequisite for Qantas to operate on a route to enable the introduction of an excursion fare on that route. For example, Qantas does not operate services to Tahiti or Johannesberg but excursion fares are currently available. It is a matter for a licensed carrier, after assessment of the market potential of a route to seek government approval to introduce an excursion fare. Such applications would then be a matter for bilateral negotiation.







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