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NZ set to sign new air service agreements

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/04/2016
Simon Bridges © Getty Simon Bridges

New Zealand is set to sign new air service agreements with seven countries.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says cabinet has signed off the agreements with Israel, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Portugal.

They were negotiated at the International Civil Aviation Conference in Turkey last October.

Mr Bridges says the agreements will pave the way for airlines to operate new routes in and out of New Zealand, creating more links with the rest of the world.

"Growing competition and increasing the number of available seats can be expected to drive down prices and give prospective visitors to New Zealand more choices," he said.

New Zealand has more than 70 air service agreements in place, with 17 new air routes announced in the past year.

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