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Australia, NZ ratify open skies agreement. (News Briefs).(Qantas Airways Ltd. and Air New Zealand Ltd. agreement)(Brief Article)

Australian and New Zealand governments ratified an open skies pact that enables Qantas and Air New Zealand to operate unrestricted services out of each other's countries. The agreement builds on the existing Single Aviation Market established between the nations in 1996 by permitting the airlines to operate unlimited capacity over any routing they choose and with as many flights as they like in beyond markets. The lack of such rights was long a sore point on the NZ side.

ANZ now will be able to pursue route development out of Australia more aggressively, although its future strategy will be influenced by the outcome of current Qantas-driven negotiations over a so-called "partnership of equals. …

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