17 Mar 2005

Air Tahiti Nui confirms network expansion to Australia

2:55 pm on 17 March 2005

Air Tahiti Nui officials are in Australia this week to promote direct flights between Australia and the French Polynesian capital, Papeete, which will begin in July.

The airline will fill a gap left in the market by Australia's Qantas airline fifteen years ago.

The vice president and minister for tourism and air transport, Jacqui Drollet, said the airline was spearheading a push by Tahiti to address a sharp trade imbalance with Australia.

Air Tahiti Nui's chief executive, Christian Vernaudon, says the airline will offer two weekly flights from Sydney to Papeete from July the 9th.