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Media Release


John Anderson

Minister for Transport and Regional Services




10th March 1999


Australia and Samoa have signed a new air services arrangement, which will increase passenger capacity between the two countr ies by 50 per cent.


The Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Samoan Minister for Trade and Transport, Mr Joe Keil, signed the new air services arrangement in Canberra today.


Mr Anderson said: “The new arrangement increases passenger capacity on the Australia-Samoa route to 1000 seats a week, each way. It also allows an unlimited amount of freight to be carried on the route.


“The arrangement enables Australian and Samoan carriers to fly to all international gateways in Australia and Samoa, either directly or through code-sharing provisions under the similar arrangements we have negotiated with Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomons.


“These regional arrangements are aimed at encouraging Pacific Island countries to streamline air travel in the region through the shared use of equipment and services.


“In the longer term, this will benefit trade and tourism in the South Pacific.”


During his visit to Australia, Minister Keil inspected The Advanced Australian Air Traffic System (TAAATS) in operation in Brisbane. The Samoan Government is considering using TAAATS technology to manage its airspace.


Mr Anderson said: “TAAATS is at the cutting-edge of air traffic control technology, and highlights Australia’s standing as a world leader in safe, efficient and cost-effective airspace management.”


Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680 / 0419 233989