27 Dec 2014

Solomons, Fiji air service impasse continues

7:51 am on 27 December 2014

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade says it is not aware of any delegation being dispatched to Fiji to resolve the long-drawn air services impasse between Fiji and Solomon Islands.

The ministry was responding to a news article on the Saturday issue of Solomon Star.

In a statement, it said neither the ministry nor the authorities in Fiji are aware of a meeting led by the Minister of Communications nor Aviation to have discussions with Fiji authorities regarding the issue, as referred to in the paper.

The Ministry went on to say that any meetings to discuss the issue will have to be channeled through the ministry and the Solomon Islands High Commission in Suva to inform the Fiji side in good time.

It added that the new government does recognise this long-drawn air services impasse issue and places it as a priority to be addressed and resolved amicably with Fiji.

There have been no direct flights between Honiara and Suva since July.

The impasse started after Fiji, responding to Solomon Islands rejecting its request for an additional flight into Honiara, cancelled all Solomon Airlines flights to Nadi, following which Solomon Airlines promptly cancelled all flights from Fiji.