It should soon become much easier and cheaper to fly between the UK and Australia after the two countries struck a new airline deal.
Under the agreement there will no longer be limits for Australian or British passenger or cargo airlines on flights between the two countries.
Previously there had been a limit of 28 services per week for Qantas flights into the UK. British Airways operates 14 services a week, while Virgin Atlantic operates seven.
Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss said: ‘This new agreement is an important step in meeting both countries’ commitment to a fully-open aviation environment. Australian and UK carriers can now freely determine the number of services operated between our two countries.’
The agreement also allows Australian airlines to fly to any point beyond the United Kingdom (other than the United States and China) significantly increasing the flexibility of Australian carriers to serve European markets via London.
‘This is a major step forward towards a fully-liberalised ‘open skies’ agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom,’ said Mr Truss.
Which? travel spokesman, Bob Tolliday, said: ‘This is good news for the consumer. An open sky agreement means two things – more choice of flights to Australia and cheap fares.’