Qantas has welcomed the Australia-US “open
skies” agreement announced by Development.
The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the airline had supported the
Australian Government’s efforts to seek fully liberalised air services arrangements between
the two countries at negotiations in Washington this week. This had been largely achieved.
“We welcome the outcome. It brings new opportunities for growth and competition.
Importantly, it will assist the further development of Australia’s aviation industry, as well as
help increase trade and tourism with a major economic partner,” Mr Dixon said.
The Qantas Group is currently operating at its highest ever frequency - 48 services per
week - on the Pacific route. This will increase to 51 services per week as from March. In
addition, the airline offers an extensive range of code share connections on US partner
airlines to cities within the US, which can be increased under the liberalised arrangements.
Mr Dixon said Qantas was pleased to note the emphasis that the Government was giving
to securing increased opportunities for Australian carriers.
“Further liberalisation of air services arrangements with a number of countries is needed if
Australian carriers are to grow operations and match opportunities available to foreign
Mr Dixon said the airline had recently identified a range of markets where liberalisation
would be required if Qantas and Jetstar were to fully implement commercial plans.
“We hope to see our commercial plans and priorities reflected in the Government’s agenda
for future air services negotiations,” he said.