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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1827

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Minister's Department receive an application from World Airways to fly 15 charter flights from the United States of America to Australia.

(2)   If so, why did World Airways withdraw this application.

(3)   What is Qantas doing to attract tourists from the United States on charter flights similar to those applied for by World Airways.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes. World Airways made an application to the Department of Civil Aviation on 8th April 1971, for permission to operate fifteen (15) round trip charter flights from the United States to Australia in early 1972. Subsequently, on 23rd July 1971, World Airways applied for permission to operate fifty (50) round trip charter flights from the United States to Australia.

(2)   World Airways' application made on 8th April 1971, required approval by 15th June 1971. The Company withdrew its application on 11th July 1971, following advice from the Minister for Civil Aviation on 7th June 1971, that approval by 15th June 1971, would not be feasible as discussions with United States authorities on the application would not be completed by that date. World Airways application made on 23rd July 1971, remains under consideration in the light of talks at government level that have recently taken place in Washington with the United States authorities. Progress was made and further exchanges with them on the problem of charter flights will take place later this year.

(3)   Qantas has charter sales specialists based in the United States engaged in promoting and handling affinity group charter flights to Australia conforming with the requirements of the International Air Transport Association, similar to those applied for by World Airways on 8th April 1971.

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