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Air agreements open NZ skies to world airlines

New Zealand is finalising a large number of air services deals, which will open up potential new routes around the world, the New Zealand Herald has reported.

18 December 2014

REGION:

Ministry of Transport negotiators have met with international counterparts in Bali, reaching a new deal with China, with up to nine other countries still being considered by the Cabinet.

The Bali talks allowed links with China to rise to 42 flights a week from each country, from just seven flights in 2004.

While airlines need a compelling commercial case to start a route - which with aircraft investment can cost $100 million or more – the New Zealand government needs to create the framework to allow them to fly here.

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