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 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

Win for Aussie travellers—Australia secures more flights to Fiji

Media Release


08 May 2017

  • Capacity for passenger services increased by almost 10 per cent
  • Air freight capacity doubled
  • New services will generate increased tourism and trade opportunities.

Australia and Fiji have agreed to new air service arrangements that will substantially increase airline passenger and freight capacity between the two countries.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester said the new arrangements provide for an almost 10 per cent increase in passenger capacity, and a doubling of air freight capacity.

“Expansion of these arrangements with Fiji has been long sought after by airline and airport stakeholders and the Turnbull-Joyce government has delivered,” Mr Chester said.

“This agreement is a win for Australian travellers, given it consistently ranks among the top 10 international destinations.

“The additional passenger capacity will provide more opportunities for airlines to strengthen business and tourism links between our two countries.

“Doubling airline freight capacity on the route will also allow carriers to capitalise on the significant trade and investment relationship between Australia and Fiji, valued at over $4.2 billion in 2015-16.

“This is a great outcome for both countries and we will continue to work with the Fiji Government to ensure the air services arrangements continue to meet the needs of all stakeholders,” Mr Chester said.