Aviation is an innovative industry that connects our communities and makes a significant contribution to economic growth. While Air New Zealand and other international airlines deliver approximately 2.5 million visitors annually, the aviation sector also involves large and small businesses in New Zealand. These businesses are engaged in agricultural aviation, air freight, airports, air traffic services, consulting, domestic air services, flight training, maintenance, manufacturing, and scenic flying. Air transport is 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.

Our domestic and international airports and the Airways Corporation’s air traffic services are important components of New Zealand’s infrastructure. 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.

Govt's long-term outcomes The Ministry's planned programmes of action Key deliverables* Rationale and intended impact 
Ensure New Zealand’s international aviation arrangements are fit for purpose for a changing international aviation environment.  New and enhanced air services arrangements with other key jurisdictions.  By increasing international air traffic rights and by improving access and choice, we will improve competition and support increased passenger and freight movements to and from New Zealand. 
A Manage and monitor the Crown funding and interests in charging and capital expenditure initiatives at joint venture airports.  Ongoing management and review of Crown financial interests in joint venture airports.  By ensuring effective management of joint venture airports we will protect the Crown’s financial interests and support regional economic activity. 
A D Give effect to New Zealand’s international obligations.  Response to International Civil Aviation Organization security audit findings (the audit is in June 2011).  By complying with international standards we will enhance the safety and security of air travel and freight movements, and ensure sustained access to the international aviation system. 
A Review regulation and legislation to improve aviation-focused transport outcomes while reducing compliance costs where possible for transport users.  Application of new rule development processes for the aviation rules programme.

An aviation regulatory programme that will meet government objectives for more effective and efficient regulation and will enhance economic performance, safety, or security. 
By simplifying and streamlining the legislative and regulatory framework
for air transport we will reduce compliance costs, increase effectiveness
and meet government priorities. 

*The Ministry's planned programmes of action, including key deliverables, are key initiatives contained in the Ministry's annual work programme, referred to in the Information Supporting the Estimates.

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