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Appendix I: Aviation legislation
Reports under aviation legislation
Section 29(1) of the Air Navigation Act 1920 requires the department to report annually on administration and operation of the Act and its regulations. This includes other civil aviation matters the Secretary considers should be included in the report.
The department continued to regulate scheduled international air services in accordance with the Air Navigation Act and associated regulations. In 2019–20, the department granted 481 timetable approvals, 1,256 timetable variations, 26 non-scheduled flight approvals and 6 approvals for new international airline licences.
Environment authorisations and protection orders
Paragraph 5.15(2) of the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997 requires the department to report notification of environmental authorisations.
The department can authorise an airport to undertake action that may result in environmental emissions limits being exceeded, where the emissions would be no more damaging to the environment than if the limits were met. No environmental authorisations took place during the reporting period.
The department may make an environment protection order under part 7, division 1 of the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations, directing an airport to comply with a duty to avoid polluting to preserve habitat, or to prevent offensive noise. No environment protection orders were made during the reporting period.