New Zealand inks new air services deals with America, Africa to boost tourism links

Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017

planeWith an aim to boost trade and tourism links with countries in Latin America, Africa and Europe, New Zealand has inked a number of new air services agreements, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.


The New Zealand government had approved the signing of four new air services agreements with Kenya, Botswana, the Dominican Republic and Guyana and an amended agreement with Italy, Transport Minister Simon Bridges said Wednesday.


The new agreements were negotiated at the International Civil Aviation Negotiation Conference in December 2016.


“These agreements will further enhance New Zealand’s international air connectivity between Africa and the Americas, bringing both trade and tourism benefits,” Bridges said in a statement.


“Other successful negotiations to expand and enhance air services opportunities were conducted with Belize, Nicaragua and Spain,” Bridges said.


New Zealand had also signed an air services agreement with Colombia, which enabled code-sharing between each nation’s airlines.


Under the new arrangements, New Zealand and Colombian airlines could operate up to 14 passenger services per week, with no limits on the number of cargo services.


New Zealand now had 61 air service agreements with other countries and territories, he said.


International visitor arrivals to the country hit a record 3.5 million last year, up 12 per cent on 2015.

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