New Zealand Ministry of Transport GM aviation and maritime Bruce Johnson, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) New Zealand has agreed to 12 air services agreements in the last 18 months alone, and is pursuing a policy of open skies wherever agreements can be made. Mr Johnson said: "We're focused in terms of policy on open skies," but added that for New Zealand "focus needs to be growing demand."
New Zealand MoT: 'We're focused in terms of policy on open skies'
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