Australia's Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shanghai Airports Authority (SAA) in China, in order to improve aviation links between the two countries.
The MoU will help the airport authorities to study the market demands, develop new air route networks and work on enhancing the quality of customer services.
The signing ceremony was held in Shanghai and was attended by SAA president Jing Yi Ming and BAC CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe.
Speaking about the MoU, Alroe said: "The establishment of a friendly relationship with SAA is based on information sharing, personnel exchanges and working together on collaborative projects that will ultimately provide benefits to travellers in Shanghai and Brisbane.
"This will be achieved through sharing information in areas of airport planning and construction, safety of airport operation and management, information technology, customer services, air route development and airport business development."
A key focus of the collaboration will be to increase passenger volume and freight throughput at both airports, as well as establish Brisbane and Shanghai as major gateways for services between the two cities.
There will also be a regular exchange of senior personnel between both the airports, who will try to understand air policies, culture and business strategies.
Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk said: "This memorandum of understanding will expand business opportunities between Brisbane and Shanghai and will promote Brisbane as Australia's new world city in China."
Image: Officials signing the memorandum of understanding in Shanghai. Photo: courtesy of Brisbane Airport Corporation.