UAE to increase flights to Australia

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The UAE and Australia have signed an agreement that will see a significant boost in flights between the countries. The Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways deal will provides $30m for Australia Tourism

It is hoped the move will see an increase in tourism between the two countries and a reduction in ticket prices.

Carriers based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are now able to operate an extra 14 flights a week to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

The total number of services is 161 with Australian airlines getting an additional14 flight slots in return to the UAE.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting the entry of Australian airlines into foreign markets and ensuring we have the aviation capacity necessary to meet future demand,” Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss said.

Emirates boasts more than 25% of the traffic between Australia and Europe, according to a report in Reuters.

UAE airlines already have the right to offer unlimited services to other Australian destinations, including Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast under existing open access agreements.

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