Melbourne Airport


Melbourne Airport welcomes new air service capacity from the United Arab Emirates

Jan 08, 2007

Melbourne Airport has welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Government of an agreement to increase current available airline capacity between the UAE and Australia from 4 flights per week to 7.

The outcome will enable the commencement of a new weekly service to Australia from Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Barlow, said this agreement, together with the recent commencement of Jetstar's long-haul international services, was a welcome step toward delivering much-needed new international seat capacity for Australia.

“For some time now, Melbourne Airport has been concerned about declining international seat capacity and the need for governments to negotiate outcomes which expand options for new international flights to Australia. I congratulate the Government on negotiating this agreement, which adopts a pro-capacity approach,” said Mr Barlow.

“Although welcome, these flights alone will not address Australia’s capacity issues and I encourage the Government to continue to recognise and address the need to deliver new international flights when considering future airline access applications.”

“Airline seat capacity is vital for international tourism and business travel and Melbourne Airport will continue to work with Australian and overseas airlines to encourage them to introduce new services at Melbourne.”

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