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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 694

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation a question. In view of World Airways being granted permission to operate charter flights into Australia next year, can the Minister say in what aspect its application differed from those of other operators in order to obtain permission? What efforts were made to obtain reciprocal guarantees for Qantair or any other Australian operator which may be interested? Did the Australian Government have discussions with the United States Civil Aeronautics Board prior to granting World Airways approval to operate the charter flights?

Senator COTTON - The World Airways application was the one of the longest standing in the many applications from people who wanted to operate charter flights to Australia. The World Airways case was a particular one which could be identified because the company had a clearly captive market of Americans who would come to Australia that way but not any other way and who, if they could not so come, would go somewhere else. Therefore it looked to be a sensible experiment to let them do this in the interests of generally generating a much bigger traffic over the Pacific which would be to the benefit of all the scheduled carriers including Qantas Airways Ltd. The positions of Qantas and its subsidiary. Qantair, were fully taken into account. The opportunity for them to take part in charter flights already exists in their affinity groups charter programme, and without doubt will exist in due course in a specially organised programme. The net result of all this will be to bring many more people to Australia and a net gain in the foreign exchange earnings of this country, without any loss at all. The general situation of other, charter operators will be considered in the light of the Australian position, the Australian interest and the amount of this activity which it is sensible and wise to allow as an experiment for the time being.

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