Dear Editor – This serious issue is receiving very little reporting in any medium and many questions need addressing.
Is the dispute between the governments or the airlines?
Is the air safety regulator, CAASI, making commercial decisions outside its remit which detrimentally affect Solomon Islands and Solomon Airlines?
Solomon Islands and Solomon Airlines suffer as passengers for or from Fiji must travel via other ports and those passengers, for the most part, end up flying Fiji Airways.
Fiji Airways has increased its passenger numbers without increasing its operating costs.
Has Solomon Airlines lost one of its few international destinations as a result of Solomon Islands government interference or its own management incompetence?
The Solomon Islands public has a right to know if it is supporting losses by its national carrier due to decisions made by its government or the invisible management of its airline.
Perhaps the never available for comment authors of this dispute should make the issues clear to the interested public stakeholders who, while providing the cash are not entitled to so much as an annual report.
Perhaps the Solomon Airlines Board of Directors could again justify the multi-million dollar remuneration package it pays to its CEO, in part to mitigate this kind of fiasco.