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 signs new bilateral agreement with PNG

Media Release

DC301/2017

06 October 2017

  • 10th APEC Transport Ministers meeting marked with signing of a new bilateral air services agreement between Australia and Papua New Guinea
  • The agreement will support tourism and trade between the two nations
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester met with his Papua New Guinean counterpart to sign the agreement

Australia and Papua New Guinea have further strengthened their aviation relationship with the signing of a new air service agreement in Port Moresby today.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the agreement formalises a legal framework fit for the modern aviation environment and for continued cooperation on air services between the two neighbours.

“It is important Australia sustains strong connections with its closest neighbour and with Pacific nations more broadly. Air travel supports future tourism and trade opportunities for both countries and brings our nations closer together,” Mr Chester said.

“Over a quarter of a million people flew between Australia and Papua New Guinea in the past year, and I hope this number will continue to increase.

“Australia and Papua New Guinea also exchanged $5.3 million in merchandise trade in 2016 and air freight plays a key role in facilitating that trade.

“It was great to meet with my counterpart, Papua New Guinea's Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Westly Nukundi Nukundj, to sign this agreement.

“I look forward to welcoming even more of our Papua New Guinean friends to our country in coming years, and the benefits those visitors will bring to local businesses.”

For more information on Australia's air services arrangements, visit infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/international/agreements.aspx