Jul 23, 2008

New Deal Makes it Easier for Australians to Experience Brazil

New Deal Makes it Easier for Australians to Experience Brazil


The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 23 2008

I am pleased to announce the further liberalisation of aviation arrangements between Australia and Brazil: opening up the possibility of more flights and a greater choice of destinations.

Brazil is the most popular South American destination for Australians travelling abroad, with over 60,000 people flying to and from Brazil last year for a holiday, to visit family or do business.

In fact, the number of people travelling between our two countries is up significantly, with average annual growth in the Australia/Brazil market of around 15 per cent over the past five years.

Reached earlier this month, the new, less restrictive bilateral agreement will support and sustain this growth into the coming years.

The new agreement:

  • Doubles the maximum entitlements for each country’s airlines from seven to fourteen weekly flights;
  • Provides more flexibility to Australian and Brazilian carriers wanting to take on and set down passengers at any points between and beyond both countries – allowing airlines to plan ahead and improving the commercial viability of future country to country services;
  • Allows the airlines of both countries to market seats on any airline which operate into either country, including the airlines of third countries;
  • Makes it possible for both Australian and Brazilian airlines to enter into code share arrangements involving services via the United States on airlines with rights to operate on the relevant routes;
  • Increases the weekly frequency of all-cargo flights from three to seven.

Greater capacity and the removal of most restrictions on air routes between Australia and Brazil will over time provide more choice for travellers, offer new marketing opportunities for the tourism industry and allow our airlines to take advantage of the rapidly growing economies of South America.

In just eight months, the Rudd Labor Government has delivered new leadership: actively pursing the liberalisation of the international aviation market while at all times protecting the national interest.