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Thursday, 28 September 1972
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Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - Is the Minister for Civil Aviation able to say whether his Department has considered asking the airlines to establish one-class aircraft flights which would carry more passengers and thereby lead possibly to a lowering of fares on those flights, particularly to Tasmania which is so dependent on air travel?

Senator COTTON - There have been some discussions about this. I know that Trans-Australian Airlines particularly has been giving some thought to the proposition that it might be able to keep costs down by reducing what might be called the luxury content of the service. In effect this would mean no meals during flights, more people on the aircraft and things of that character. This is a matter for the airlines. If they initiate some proposal we would examine it in the light of efficiency, public interest, convenience and safety.

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