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.
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.