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Tuesday, 16 February 1971


Senator COTTON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Normal international practice is for Governments to seek traffic rights for use by their airlinesand not for such applications to be lodged by airlines themselves; in 2 instances (Central Pacific Airlines of Nauru and Aeroviss Siesta Del Peru) in which airlines applied for traffic rights direct, the companies were so informed and the applications lapsed.

In the past 2 years applications have been received from Governments of the following countries for specific traffic rights in Australia for use by their respective international airlines: Netherlands, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Nauru and Indonesia.

Airlines designated by Governments under bilateral air services agreements and arrangements require Australian operating approval before they continence services. In the past 2 years applications for operating approval have been received from Air Nauru, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Fiji Airways, Garuda Indonesian Airways and Japan Air Lines. Operating approval was granted in each case. An application by Thai Airways International has very recently been received and is under consideration.

(2)   The following applications for specific traffic rights are pending: Netherlands and Germany.

(3)   In the following cases negotiations as required have been completed and rights granted: United States of America, France, Italy, Nauru and Indonesia.

Ireland's application for rights is subject to further review.







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