NZ to modify air service agreements
New Zealand is looking to negotiate new air services agreements with countries across East Asia and South America. The news was announced by Associate Transport Minister Nathan Guy, who called it a necessary move to encourage tourism and business ties with key regional markets.
Guy was quoted in the National Business Review as saying; “Inter-government air service agreements are the first step before airlines can operate services to other countries. New Zealand already has around 48 relationships governed by similar agreements, and we want to see these improved and the number increased.
The cabinet has already given the go-ahead for authorities to engage China and Brazil, and up to eight additional countries. NZ authorities are vying to establish Auckland International Airport (pictured) as a stop-over point between these two countries, building on the code share agreement between LAN Chile and Cathay Pacific which use the airport as a transfer point for inter-regional travellers.
Guy noted that air service agreements with the Netherlands have already been ameliorated to remove restriction on code sharing. Consequently, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be able to code share on China Southern operations between Guangzhou and Auckland.