Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Darren MP: New air services arrangements establish
- Airlines now able to offer new and extended passenger services to Europe, with new air freight service opportunities also in the offing—strengthening Australia's links with Europe
“Australian airlines now have the ability to significantly expand existing code share operations to Italy, as well as an opportunity to start weekly freight services between the two countries.
“Travel between Australia and Italy has been growing strongly for a number of years and it is important that our airlines can share in that growth. More than half a million people travelled between Australia and Italy last year, so the benefits for our trade and tourism industries is obvious.
“The revised air services arrangements with Greece provide even greater flexibility for Australian and Greek airlines. In addition, each country's airlines will now be able to operate an unlimited number of freight services between Australia and Greece.
“The expanded arrangements with Greece deepen the already close bilateral relationship we share.
“The new arrangements between Australia and Cyprus mean that, for the first time, the airlines of both countries can start operating services between Australia and Cyprus, either using their own aircraft or via code share with other airlines.
“The Agreement further strengthens bilateral relationships between our two countries, and will enable increased tourism and trade opportunities.”