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Increase in services between Australia and Indonesia

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News Release Hon. Laurie Brereton MP Minister for Transport ♦ Minister for Industrial RelationsT31/95 17 May, 1995INCREASE IN SERVICES BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIAAir services between Australia and Indonesia will increase by more than one third after the successful conclusion last weekend o f discussions between the two countries, Federal Minister for Transport, Laurie Brereton, announced today.Under the agreement, capacity for both Australian and Indonesian carriers will increase over the next 18 months by an equivalent o f six B747s, bringing more services to Darwin, Port Hedland and Perth.“The new arrangements will allow carriers to keep pace with the spectacular growth in traffic between Indonesia and Australia, our fifth largest aviation market, which is growing by 20% a year,” Mr Brereton said.Last year, over 6,200 people travelled each way each week between the tw o countries.“Australian carriers will also benefit from increased opportunities to operate beyond Indonesia to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, which are some of the largest aviation markets in the world,” the Minister said.Carriers have already indicated that as a result o f the agreement they will schedule additional services to Darwin and Port Hedland starting within the next month.Mr Brereton said that the new arrangements have particular benefits for W estern Australia which enjoys the biggest slice o f the Australia-Indonesia market. '“Qantas, Sempati and Garuda are already planning to increase the number o f services to and from Perth as a result o f these arrangements. Together with the increase in capacity, the new arrangements will allow carriers to offer more frequent and convenient services on the route,” M r Brereton said.The arrangements also allow for an increase in the frequency o f services between Indonesia and Adelaide and Brisbane.“They agreement is an important step forward to greater participation by Australian carriers in the markets o f South-East Asia which have the potential to generate millions o f tourist dollars for Australia,” Mr Brereton said.Media contact: Kate Hannon (06) 277 7320 or 0418 481158