Wong claims Federal Govt is saving on air travel costs

Penny Wong
Penny Wong Inga Williams

THROUGH securing flights online, choosing telephones over airplanes and booking in advance, the Federal Government claims to have slashed $54 million off its air travel bill.

Finance Minister Penny Wong says 2012-2013 half-year results for whole-of-government air travel arrangements reveal travel costs have decreased by 22% - $54 million - compared to the same time last year.

Federal agencies have also decreased air travel by 17%.

The total cost of air travel for the Australian Government was $193 million.

Ms Wong outlined in a statement the savings had been achieved through booking domestic travel further in advance, choosing lower priced but less flexible fares and using online booking tools rather than a travel consultant.

Government agencies are also said to be utilising teleconference services over travel.

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