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Tuesday, 29 April 1980
Page: 1880

Senator WATSON (TASMANIA) -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport: Is it a ' fact that while airlines are seeking to lower their discount fares they are continuing to apply for increases in ordinary fares? If this is so, is the Government concerned about this apparent anomaly and its bias against regular travellers?

Senator CHANEY -I do not have detailed knowledge of the economics of discount fares as against normal fares. I assume from the arrangements which have been entered into by the international airlines that there are substantial economic advantages in having advance noticeindeed, advance payment- of flight bookings. I assume that the push in this direction by the airlines is in line with their economic interests. However, I will ask the Minister for Transport to examine the proposition contained in the question asked by Senator Watson and to let Senator Watson have a more authoritative reply.

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