15 Jul 2015

Polynesian Leaders Group to discuss regional flights

2:26 pm on 15 July 2015

The possibility of flights between Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Fiji and Tonga is back on the region's agenda.

The President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch says he will raise the issue at the Polynesian Leaders Group meeting which is underway in Papeete.

The Samoa Observer reports Mr Fritch wants to raise the possibility of restoring an inter-Polynesian air service to establish direct links between the various regional destinations.

Mr Fritch says he hopes large operators in the Pacific can meet around a table with Air Tahiti to look at the possibilities.

The main task of this year's Polynesian Leaders meeting is to prepare a joint statement to be presented at the COP21 meeting on climate change in Paris later this year.