Celebrating 25 Years of Scoop
Special: Up To 25% Off Scoop Pro Learn More
Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

NZ Air Services Agreement With Philippines

NZ Air Services Agreement With Philippines

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that trade and tourism links between New Zealand and the Philippines are to be enhanced with the signing of a new air services agreement between the two countries.

Helen Clark and Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today witnessed the signing of the agreement, at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

It allows airlines from New Zealand and the Philippines to operate direct flights between the two countries.

"Until now the Philippines has been the only APEC economy with which New Zealand had not negotiated an air services agreement," Helen Clark said.

"The new agreement will create opportunities to further develop trade and tourism links between New Zealand and a rapidly growing APEC economy with a population of 91 million.

"I anticipate strong interest in the new arrangement from the increasing number of Filipino migrants living in New Zealand," Helen Clark said.

The new arrangements allow New Zealand airlines to operate three flights per week to Manila, or to Clark airport north of Manila, and then beyond Clark airport to an airport in China to be chosen by New Zealand.

Clark Airport is located on a former US Air Force base 80 kilometres north of Manila, and is seen as the future hub of Philippines air transport, because it is at the centre of a developing tourism and manufacturing site.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila is approaching saturation point with no room for expansion.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Designated airlines of the Philippines may operate three flights per week to either Auckland or Christchurch, via Darwin or an airport in South East Asia.

The agreement provides flexibility with respect to foreign ownership, but not control, of New Zealand and Filipino airlines and also allows for code-sharing between airlines of the two countries. It also includes strong provisions regarding aviation safety and security. It is effective immediately.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.