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27 April 1993 11/93

MAJOR BOOST IN AUSTRALIA - KOREA FLIGHTS

Australia and Korea have reached agreement for a substantial expansion of air services between the two countries, the Minister for Transport and Communications, Senator Bob Collins announced today.

Agreement was reached on significant increases in capacity and route entitlements for both countries during recent air services discussions held in Seoul.

"By 1995 airlines of both sides will have the opportunity to operate daily Boeing 747 services between Australia and Korea" the Minister said.

"Presently the carriers are permitted to operate the equivalent of twice weekly Boeing 747 services."

Under new arrangements Korean carriers will be permitted to operate services to Brisbane and another point in Australia of their choice in addition to the rights they currently exercise at Sydney.

"This agreement provides an important opportunity for the further promotion and development of tourism from Korea, particularly to Queensland," Senator Collins noted.

"This would build on the excellent traffic growth rates of over 35% on the Australia-Korea route in recent years" Senator Collins said.

The Minister also announced that Australia had been able to expand intermediate route rights so that Australian carriers can now operate to Seoul via three points in Asia, South East Asia and New Zealand.

"The rights will add significantly to the extensive network of rights already established for Australian carriers within the Asian region" the Minister said.

The Minister said the outcome was very pleasing for both countries and was a clear indication of the growing importance of tourism and trade between Australia and

Korea.

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