Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Doubling of Chile-Australia aviation market spices things up

Media Release

WT038/2015

16 February 2015

New air service arrangements between Australia and Chile now make it possible for flights between the two countries to double—expanding the main gateway for Australians to South America.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced the successful renegotiation and scaling up of the deal between the two countries.

“Effective immediately, designated airlines from Chile and Australia will each be entitled to operate up to 4,000 seats a week across the South Pacific,” Mr Truss said.

“This doubles the previous capacity and opens up opportunities for Australian airlines to better serve holiday-makers and other travellers to South America.”

Mr Truss said negotiations had also removed all restrictions on airlines' ability to code share—allowing Australian and Chilean airlines to build their networks and serve new markets through joint services.

“Open code share is a key objective for Australian airlines, as it enables them to build networks that support their investment in key hubs, such as Santiago,” he said.

“It will now be possible for Qantas to build on its existing code share relationship with the LATAM Airlines Group to link Australia with even more destinations across South America, via Santiago.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that we have the aviation capacity necessary to meet future demand and to ensure that Australian airlines can grow and compete internationally.”