Australia and Laos enter inaugural air services agreement
04 July 2015
The signing of the first bilateral air services agreement between Australia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic (DPR) is expected to grow tourism, business and trade between the two nations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today met with a delegation from Laos, including Lao PDR Deputy Prime Minister His Excellency Dr Bounpone Bouttanavong and Lao PDR Minister of Public Works and Transport His Excellency Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, to sign the inaugural agreement.
“It is a great pleasure to formalise the Australia-Lao PDR Air Services Agreement today,” Mr Truss said.
“While still a developing market, there has been a steady increase in passenger numbers travelling between Australia and Laos over the last decade, with passenger traffic between our two countries growing by an annual average of 12 per cent between 2004 and 2014.”
Mr Truss said the air services arrangements will enable airlines from Australia and Laos to take advantage of the growing passenger market between both countries.
“Commercial arrangements in the air services agreement allow airlines of each side to operate up to seven weekly services to and from Australia's major gateway airports, along with unrestricted access to regional Australia, including Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast,” Mr Truss said.
“The agreement also removes all restrictions on the carriage of freight between Australia and Laos and provides for fully open code share arrangements for both countries.
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting the entry of Australian airlines into foreign markets and to ensuring we have the aviation capacity necessary to meet future demand.”