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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3215

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 20 March 1980:

(   1 ) Is he able to provide any information on any effects on flights paths followed by international airlines, including

Qantas, caused by recent events in (a) Iran and (b) Afghanistan.

(2)   If changes to previous flight paths have become necessary can he indicate what effect these have had on Qantas (a) journey dmes and (b) expenditure.

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

(1)   (a) and (b) To date events in Afghanistan and Iran have not affected Qantas operations, except that on a voluntary basis the three Qantas QF7 services per week from' Bombay to London avoid the southern part of Iran due to congestion and communications problems. I am not able to provide any information on the implications of evens in Iran and Afghanistan insofar as they affect the operations of international airlines of other countries.

(2)   (a) and (b) The weekly penalty incurred by these voluntary diversions is 1 SO nautical miles at a cost of $ 1 ,200.

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