Call to resolve air dispute - Solomon Star News

Call to resolve air dispute

05 September 2014

RNZI: THE Prime Ministers of Fiji and Solomon Islands have been called on to sort out the row over civil aviation rights that has seen flights between the two countries suspended for seven weeks.

The impasse began mid July when Solomon Islands civil aviation authorities denied a Fiji Airways application for an additional Saturday flight into Honiara, citing a clash with an existing Solomon Airlines flight.

Fiji retaliated by cancelling all existing Solomon Airlines flights into Nadi and Solomon Islands reciprocated over Fiji Airways flights into Honiara.

Commercial manager of Solomon Airlines, Gus Kraus, said the situation is out of control and even attempts at a shared circuit through Vanuatu have been rejected by Fiji.

"By this time I think both airlines have been consulting with the regulators and the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Aviation Ministry and its gone up to the Prime Ministers level. So I think both sides are waiting for the both Prime Ministers to get involved directly and then make the direction downwards."