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Travel Management

 October 04, 2007
FCm Supports USA-Australia Open Skies Commitment

 Global travel management company, FCm Travel Solutions, has welcomed a joint commitment by the United States and Australia to liberalise existing aviation arrangements and move towards an open-skies agreement.

"FCm sees this as a significant and exciting development not only for the airline sector, but for Australian and US companies who are doing business - or looking to expand their operations - across the Pacific," said Anthony Grigson, FCm's global executive general manager.

"With the increasing amount of trade being conducted between the two nations, demand for air services within the business community has spiked over recent years," Mr Grigson said.

"Corporates travelling between the US and Australia have been increasingly challenged and frustrated by issues including a lack of frequency and availability of services, and the rising cost of airfares.

"The business travel market will most certainly welcome the prospect of more alternatives and competitive pricing, but their focus will consistently be on quality.

"The introduction of any new services targeting business travellers must ensure that quality of service and comfort is not lost in the race for profits. It is essential that any agreements struck between the US and Australia take this into account."

Mr Grigson's comments follow confirmation from Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, and United States Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters, that bilateral discussions would be initiated.