Australia's transport minister says the country is negotiating an open skies agreement with China.
Following the conclusion of a "landmark" open skies agreement with Japan, the government is in negotiations for a similar agreement with China, which could open up major growth avenues for Australian and Chinese carriers, says Anthony Albanese in an opinion piece written for an Australian newspaper.
"Right now, China has 70 new airports under construction and growth in traffic to Australia will be worth at least A$9 billion [$9.3 billion] to our economy by the end of this decade," he says.
In recent years, Australia has expanded bilateral capacity agreements with Indonesia, China and Vietnam, and negotiations are underway on an expanded agreement with Thailand, adds Albanese.
There are currently 201 direct services per week between Australia and China, which are operated by seven airlines, according to Innovata Schedules.