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Airservices Australia wins $20m US government contract.

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Media release

Monday, 29 November 2004 - A17/2004

Airservices Australia Wins $20m US Government Contract

Trade Minister Mark Vaile today congratulated Airservices Australia on their successful bid to provide tower air traffic control services for the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

"Securing a US Government contract is an outstanding achievement and clearly demonstrates the ability of Airservices Australia to compete in the world's largest market," Mr Vaile said.

"It is also a timely reminder of the tremendous business opportunities that the

Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement will bring with the most dynamic economy in the world."

The Airservices contract, to provide tower air traffic control services in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan, will commence on 1 January 2005, the same day the AUSFTA comes into force.

Independent economic analysis suggests that the FTA with the US will generate an annual $6 billion economic benefit for Australia and create over 30,000 jobs.

"The AUSFTA offers our exporters unprecedented access to the $200 billion US Federal Government procurement market and 29 key US State Government procurement markets," Mr Vaile said.

Airservices Australia's five year contract win follows Government legislative changes in August 2003 to give it greater freedom to operate commercially in Australia and overseas and was achieved with extensive support from Austrade's office in Washington.

Mr Vaile said that Airservices Australia's success would encourage more exporters to focus their efforts on the USA and leverage new opportunities arising from the AUSFTA, particularly in Government procurement.

Austrade will conduct a series of US Government Procurement Seminars across Australia, starting tomorrow in Melbourne. Guest speakers will include industry experts from the Greater Washington region.

Media contact: Jemima Lohse (Minister's Office) + 61 2 6277 7420 or Jeff Gallimore (Austrade) +61 2 9390 2077