Solomon Islands flights about to resume

1:48 pm on 8 June 2016
Solomon Airlines

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Solomon Islands air traffic will resume this afternoon after all flights were suspended yesterday.

The operational shutdown was ordered by the chief exectuive of Solomon Airlines who said millions of dollars in unpaid government arrears had seriously compromised the airline's operations.

The airline's manager of commercial services Gus Kraus said an agreement had been reached between the airline and the government, which had agreed to pay some of its debts and had provided a timeline for addressing some of the airline's other grieveances.

International flights to prime destinations are to resume from 3:00pm local time this afternoon with the local carrier to run a late flight on its Air Bus to Brisbane at 7:00pm local time tonight.

All other services are to return to normal from tomorrow.

Mr Kraus said Solomon Airlines apologised to affected customers and air service providers for the inconvenience caused but said drastic measures were needed.

"So that clearly the government is fully aware of the mandate of the airline and its responsibility and the governing issue about the finance matters that as the major shareholder the government really had to be well aware of what was recquired by the airline."

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