09 January 2008

New Zealand secured open air services arrangements with Switzerland

The Annual Report of the New Zealand Ministry of Transport for the year ended 30 June 2007 tabled in Parliament has on page 34 a brief report on New Zealand's progress in air services negotiations during the year.

During the year New Zealand "Secured open air services arrangements with Switzerland, finalised new arrangements with China and continued efforts to secure more open air services arrangements with other parties, including Canada, the European Union, Turkey, South Africa and the Philippines. Agreement was reached with Japan to permit the operation of B777 aircraft on routes to Japan."

This is the first time that news of the revised arrangements with Switzerland has been made public.

Separate public announcements have already been made on recent new air services arrangements with Canada, China and the Philippines.

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