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U.S./AUST air services to be expanded



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.Mb Gary Punch Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY uBRARY M1CAH

%2/8912 January 1989

U.S./AUST AIR SERVICES TO BE EXPANDED

Passengers will be able to fly between New York and Sydney via Tokyo soon, the acting Federal Minister for Transport and Communications, Gary Punch, announced today.

Mr Punch said the Australian Government had given approval for United Airlines to operate two services a week on the new route. The airline wanted to commence the new services from 1 March this year and was seeking a clearance from the Japanese

Government.

"Although only about 60 passengers a week presently travel this route between the two countries, the Australian Government has approved two services representing some 800 seats each way," Mr Punch said.

"This should enable United Airlines to market the new services commercially and to provide a good base for further expansion of air services between the U.S. and Australia," the Minister said.

Mr Punch said that aviation agreements between the two countries made during the second half of 1988 enabled automatic increases in services to be provided where growing passenger demand was evident.

Further information:

Minister's Office - Bev Miller (062) 777 200 (w) Department - Joel Webster (062) 68 7715 (w)

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