Aviation is an innovative industry that connects our communities and makes a significant contribution to economic growth. Each year, approximately 2.5 million visitors arrive at New Zealand airports, contributing nearly $9 billion to the New Zealand economy*. Air transport is also essential to the export of time-sensitive goods, including fresh horticulture and seafood products, which are growing areas of our economy. Effective air services allow firms to shorten delivery times, minimise inventory costs and limit interruptions to production. Maintaining and enhancing international air traffic rights remains important to provide access to global markets, enable trade and tourism and connect New Zealand and New Zealanders to the world. Complying with international safety, security and environmental obligations ensures access to the international aviation system.

* National Freight Demands Study, 2008.

long-term outcomes^ 
The Ministry's planned programmes of action        Rationale                Output*             Impact*                 
A  Maintain and improve international air traffic rights.                Increasing international air traffic rights will improve competition and support passenger travel and freight movement, by improving access and choice and keeping air transport affordable.                 Review of international air transport policies to identify economic implications and opportunities.        Increased number of air traffic rights available to New Zealand to support international passengers and freight links.    
Improve the economic efficiency of international air services linkages and air line operators. Supporting the passage of legislation to enable New Zealand accession to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, and its Protocol on Aircraft Equipment, will reduce costs for New Zealand’s international airline operators. This increases efficiency and affordability for users. Civil Aviation (Cape Town Convention and other matters) Amendment Bill to be passed during 2010. Increased competitiveness of international airline operators.
A  Manage and monitor the Crown funding and interests in charging and capital expenditure initiatives at joint venture airports. Ministry involvement in joint venture airports supports regional economic activity. This programme ensures that the Crown’s financial interests are protected. Maintenance of effective management and monitoring mechanisms. Increased value for money from Crown funding and capital expenditure for joint venture airports.
A D  Implement measures to comply with international aviation safety, security and environmental standards. Compliance with international standards enhances safe and secure air travel and freight movements and contributes to environmental outcomes. It also maintains New Zealand’s reputation internationally, which has significant economic value. Improvement of legislative and regulatory framework to enhance the safety and security of New Zealand’s aviation system and comply with international standards. Satisfactory results from International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audits. Increased safety and security and decreased environmental impacts in the aviation sector. Sustained access and ability to participate in the international aviation system.
A  Ensure aviation policy and regulatory frameworks are flexible and responsive to change. Reviewing aviation regulation will ensure appropriate levels of compliance costs, withoutjeopardising safety, security and environmental standards. Reviews of specific aviation rules and regulations according to agreed programme. Responsive and flexible policy and regulatory frameworks are effectively maintained.

^ A-D show the relationship between the operating intentions outlined in this section and the government’s long-term outcomes for transport.

* If not stated otherwise, the output/impact refers to the timeframe of this Statement of Intent 2010-2013.

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