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Bilateral air deals signed with Italy, Greece, Cyprus

July 18, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australia has settled new air service arrangements, commonly known as bilaterals, with Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

Airlines will now be able to offer “new and extended passenger services to Europe, with new air freight service opportunities also in the offing”, an Australian Government statement said. This would “strengthen Australia’s trade and tourism ties with Europe”.

Whether such aviation links are commercially viable is, of course up to the airlines to decide.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new arrangements were part of the Government’s plan to expand Australia’s aviation footprint in the region.http://travelindustryexpo.com.au/?utm_source=Global%20Travel%20Media&utm_medium=Banners

“In settling revised air services arrangements with Italy, the Australian Government has delivered on an outcome long sought by the Australian aviation industry,” Chester said.

“Australian airlines now have the ability to significantly expand existing code share operations to Italy, as well as an opportunity to start weekly freight services between the two countries.

“Travel between Australia and Italy has been growing strongly for a number of years and it is important that our airlines can share in that growth. More than half a million people travelled between Australia and Italy last year, so the benefits for our trade and tourism industries is obvious.

“The revised air services arrangements with Greece provide even greater flexibility for Australian and Greek airlines. In addition, each country’s airlines will now be able to operate an unlimited number of freight services between Australia and Greece.

“The expanded arrangements with Greece deepen the already close bilateral relationship we share.

“The new arrangements between Australia and Cyprus mean that, for the first time, the airlines of both countries can start operating services between Australia and Cyprus, either using their own aircraft or via code-share with other airlines.

“The Agreement further strengthens bilateral relationships between our two countries, and will enable increased tourism and trade opportunities.”

Over the past 12 months the Australian Government has concluded a number of other new air services arrangements, most notably with China, Taiwan, Israel, Peru, Fiji and Kiribati.

Written by Peter Needham

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