NEW ZEALAND AGREES TO OPEN SKIES POLICY WITH COOK ISLANDS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (January 22,2000 – Radio Australia)---New Zealand and the Cook Islands have agreed to an open skies aviation policy, designed to expand existing routes and bring new operators into the region.

New Zealand Transport Minister Mark Gosche said the agreement provides for an open route schedule, open capacity, third country code-sharing arrangements, and liberal investment procedures.

He said the policy follows similar agreements New Zealand has signed with other countries in Asia and the Americas, Tonga and Samoa in the past two years.

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