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Thursday, 20 March 1980
Page: 934

Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 5 March 1980:

(   1 ) When was the curfew broken at Brisbane Airport during the period 1 November 1979 to 29 February 1980.

(2)   What were: (a) the times of take-off and landing; (b) the airlines involved; and (c) the reasons for the breaking of the curfew, on each occasion.

Senator Chaney - The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   November 1979- twice on 23 November; December 1979- nil; January 1980- once on 25 January and February 1980- nil.

(2)   23 November

(a)   Landing at 23 16

(   b ) Trans Australia Airlines

(c)   The aircraft, a DC9 carrying 69 passengers, was delayed after suffering damage to the nose gear at Cairns Airport. A replacement aircraft was not available owing to an unexpected closure of Sydney Airport and the consequent diversion of aircraft to Williamtown.

(a)   Take-off at 2345

(b)   British Airways

(c)   The aircraft was delayed substantially by thunderstorms on departure Sydney and enroute from Sydney to Brisbane and could not be loaded with the Brisbane passengers in time to depart before the start of the curfew. No accommodation was available at Brisbane for the 200 passengers. 25 January

(a)   Landing at 2302

(b)   Ansett Airlines

(c)   The passengers on the aircraft were offloaded in Mackay when the aircraft became unserviceable. The replacement aircraft was delayed significantly because of disruption to schedules arising from a fuel strike in Melbourne. There was no accommodation available in Mackay for the passengers.

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