Tuesday, 13 January 2015 8:50 AM

Fiji Flight Ban Lifted

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Milner Tozaka has successfully negotiated an end to the six month long flight ban between Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Solomon Islands have agreed to lift the suspension of their Air Services Agreement, allowing Fiji Airways and Solomon Airlines to fly between the two countries.

A row between the two countries over air service has prevented the national airlines from flying between Solomon Islands and Fiji since July.

FBC News reports Fiji's Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as saying both airlines are now entitled to operate three flights per week.

The Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Milner Tozaka, met Fiji's Civil Aviation Minister this morning and says he is grateful that fruitful discussions have taken place.

“I am so pleased that our two governments and our people the travelling public are looking forward for this, and i am so grateful this has just this morning taken us to talk and to agree and to sign and this basically what i am here for to complete this mission.” 

Fiji Airways Chief executive Stefan Pichler has indicated they will begin the flights in March.

Solomon Airlines has yet to confirm when they will begin their flights.

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