11 Feb 2005

High Court order against Fiji's Air Pacific over expatriate pilots

8:21 am on 11 February 2005

The Lautoka High Court has ordered Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific, to stop hiring expatriate pilots without consulting the Fiji Airline Pilots' Association.

The Fiji Times reports that Justice John Connors granted an indefinite injunction against Air Pacific after hearing an application from the association.

The matter will be heard in court on a date yet to be set.

The High Court action came after a long simmering dispute between the Fiji Airline Pilots Association and Air Pacific.

The association was complaining for several months that the employment of foreign pilots without work permits was hampering the progress of their members within the airline.

About nine Fiji pilots resigned from Air Pacific resigned in protest, leading to some flight disruptions.