Andrew Barr has announced he’s off on a death march through Singapore and Jakarta:
Next month I will lead a trade mission to Singapore and Jakarta, during which the ACT Government will begin the formal push for direct international flights between Canberra and Singapore.
While in Singapore I will meet key aviation stakeholders to promote the benefits of international flights to Canberra.
Last year the ACT Government established the Aviation Taskforce, which comprises key members of the ACT region tourism industry’s peak bodies as well as those from the business, education and community sectors. It is providing a coordinated approach to aviation development in the capital region, which is home to 800,000 people.
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Although New Zealand has been the short-term focus of attracting international flights to Canberra, I will be continuing work on developing aviation partnerships in key Asian markets.
Singapore is a focus in the medium term, and my meetings there next month are the first step in establishing a formal business case for this market.