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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Australia—Kiribati relationship flies high with new agreement

Media Release

DC195/2017

29 June 2017

  • Historic step in Australia—Kiribati relationship with first air services agreement
  • The new agreement will improve trade and tourism links between countries

The Australian Government has settled inaugural air services arrangements with Kiribati, opening up opportunities for airlines to establish a commercial presence in the Australia—Kiribati market for the first time.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said air services arrangements with Kiribati were the 13th set of arrangements Australia had in place with Pacific island countries and territories.

“Today’s agreement is a significant step forward in developing Australia’s overall bilateral relationship with Kiribati and our Pacific neighbours more broadly,” Mr Chester said.

“Australia’s new air services arrangements with Kiribati will further tourism, trade and people-to-people links between our two countries.

“The new arrangements create opportunities for our respective airlines to operate up to a total of seven services per week between Australia’s major gateways and Kiribati, as well as an unlimited number of services to regional locations, including Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

“Airlines of both countries will also be able to utilise the highly liberal code sharing provisions to expand their global networks and connectivity through cooperative marketing arrangements with partner airlines.

“In order to cater for the growing level of trade between Australia and Kiribati, airlines will be able to operate an unlimited number of freight-only services.

“It’s great to see this arrangement finalised as part of delivering on the Government’s aviation priorities.”