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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1335

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation, refers to his recent statement regarding parallel flights, but more particularly to the unsatisfactory and largely parallel jet services to Darwin. Is it a fact that presently parallel flights operate on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, generally from Brisbane or Adelaide, and will not be completely eliminated with the revised timetables? Will he endeavour to arrange a more equitable distribution of jet flights to Darwin and generally a more improved service for Northern Territory residents and tourists generally?

Senator COTTON - As the Senate knows, it has been a long job to obtain an improvement in the parallel schedule situation. When we were able to obtain the recent improvement and this was announced, it was mentioned that we were seeking still further improvements. One of the areas mentioned was the DarwinAdelaide, Darwin-Brisbane service. While I am on this subject, 1 should mention also that we are not entirely happy with the Canberra-Sydney and Canberra-Melbourne services. We are seeking to improve both those services. There are problems in doing this, at the same time maintaining a fully viable economic operation. Part of the problem is the load factor and the number of people travelling at a given point of time. The honourable senator may be assured that the work of trying to improve this position is still proceeding.

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