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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 131

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

(1)   On how many occasions has the curfew been broken by aircraft at Brisbane Airport since 1st January 1972.

(2)   In each case, what was:

(a)   the name of the airline;

(b)   the time of arrival;

(c)   the reason for the flight; and

(d)   the destination or port of origin.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesrMinister for Civil Aviation) The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   The restriction on aircraft operations into or out of Brisbane Airport between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. applies only to jet aircraft. This restriction is strictly enforced, and the Department of Civil Aviation will not approve schedules involving operations by jet aircraft within this period.

These are however occasions on which flights must operate within the curfew period in order to cater to unusually high traffic demands at certain times of the year, such as Christmas, Easter and school holidays. These flights, which 1 approve, receive my special approval only when I am convinced that their operation within the curfew period is essential to provide for the needs of the travelling public.

In addition to the flights which I approve, authorised officers of the Department of Civil Aviation approve flights which, through unforeseen circumstances, justify approval on short notice to intrude into the curfew period.

From 1st January to 30th April 1972 inclusive, 40 operations by jet aircraft took place at Brisbane Airport within the curfew period with my approval, and 14 took place with the approval of authorised officers of the Department of Civil Aviation.

(2)   The name of the airline, the time of arrival or departure, the reason for operation within the curfew period, and the point from which the flight originated or to which it was immediately destined, in respect of each of the 54 flights concerned, is as shown in the following table:



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