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Federal government supports a trans-tasman airlink.

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Monday, 20 November 2000

The Federal Government today showed support for a boost to a Trans-Tasman airlink, with the signing of the Open Skies Agreement with New Zealand.

The agreement means that Australian and New Zealand international airlines will be able to operate unrestricted international services across the Tasman and continue those services beyond to third countries. Previously, beyond services were limited to 12 Boeing 747’s per week to a maximum of 11 countries.

Australian and New Zealand owned airlines will be able to operate unrestricted services across the Tasman and domestic services in both countries, subject to safety approvals.

Senator Tierney will show his support for the proposed Newcastle-Auckland Air Services, when he delivers the keynote address at the Newcastle Airport Partnership for Growth Seminar.

Location: Port Stephens Council Chambers Raymond Terrace

Time: 2pm

Senator Tierney said an airlink between Newcastle and Auckland, would be a major boon for the region.

“The Bureau of Tourism Research has found that international visitors spend about $64 million in the Hunter region every year,” he said.

“With the proposed direct flights from Newcastle to New Zealand predicted to more than double the number of visitors, this level of tourist expenditure could grow rapidly.

“This proposal also has tremendous potential to create jobs. It’s no secret that tourism is one of Australia’s major employers. In fact, directly or indirectly, one in nine jobs in Australia are related to tourism.”

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