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Tuesday, 29 April 1980
Page: 1881

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -Can the Minister representing the Minister for Transport say whether Qantas Airways Ltd is giving consideration to undertaking international flights out of Adelaide? Is the Minister aware also of the interest that has been demonstrated in South Australia by the Minister for Tourism, Mrs Adamson, and the Premier in this prospect as it would be of great significance to the tourist industry in South Australia? Can the Minister also inform me whether an approach has been made to the Commonwealth Government, either by Qantas or by the South Australian Government, with respect to the upgrading to international standard of facilities at the Adelaide Airport?

Senator CHANEY - I understand that some submissions have been made to the Government relating to the possibility of operating international flights out of Adelaide. It does not surprise me that Mrs Adamson, who is a woman of great vigour and a new Minister in South Australia, should take a very positive interest in any such suggestions. The question of operating international flights out of Adelaide Airport would involve, I think, some upgrading of the terminal, not only to ensure better standards but also to provide the required facilities for international arrivals and departures. As far as I am aware, no decisions on this matter have been taken. However, I will ask the Minister for Transport to let Senator Jessop have more detailed information about any proposals which might have been put to the Government.

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