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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 940

Senator McLAREN asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

How many hours were flown by regular public transport, flying schools and charter and aerial works companies during 1971, in (a) the Northern Territory, and (b) South Australia.

Senator COTTON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

It is not possible to give a precise answer to the honourable senator's question because the relevant statistics are not submitted to the Department of Civil Aviation in a form showing the hours flown within State or territorial borders except in certain cases.

In 1971, Ansett Airlines of South Australia flew a total of 5,756 hours, of which 4,868 hours were on intrastate services in South Australia and 888 hours were in interstate flights (i.e. to Broken Hill). Most of the latter would be flying within South Australia. Connair Pty Ltd flew 8,242 hours, almost totally within the Northern Territory although many flights are interstate flights between the Territory and Queensland or Western Australia.

In addition, Ansett Airlines of Australia,and Trans-Australia Airlines, operate various interstate services to and from South Australia and the Northern Territory, while MacRobertson Miller Airline Services operates between Western Australia and the Territory. The hours flown on these services within particular State or Territory borders are not reported separately.

A similar situation applies in the case of general aviation operations. The following are statistics of hours flown in 1970-71 by aircraft whose owners are resident respectively in South Australia and the Northern Territory. The year ended June 1971 is the latest period for which figures are available. It is not possible to say how many of these hours were flown within South Australia or the Northern Territory, or what hours were flown in that State and Territory by aircraft normally based in other States.


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