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Delays Again?

Delays Again?
December 31
08:58 2014

Another year. But still no sign of Inter Island Airways Fiji flying our skies and providing promised domestic competition and regional flights.

Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji says while Inter Island Airways had been given a licence to operate, they had yet to complete documents that met requirements to service our skies.

Authority acting chief executive Ajai Kumar said they had started giving their papers in 2013.

“The onus is on the airline either to progress or otherwise with the intended operations and they should also be in a position to advise you of why there are delays.”

Meanwhile, people in business at Nausori – where Inter Island originally said it would be based – say there is no sign of any setting up activity. A deal to buy the former Sunflower Aviation facilities at Nadi International Airport also fell through.

Inter Island Fiji is supposed to operate as a sister airline to the American-owned American Samoa-based Inter Island Airways. Together they were also said to be going to operate regional flights using a Dornier 328, including linking Fiji and American Samoa.

The Inter Island Fiji website says it is close to completing its Fijian certification.

Upon completion of certification process, it say it plans to launch services between seven Fijian domestic airports from Nadi and Suva.

The website said services would see Inter Island Airways offering Nadi and Suva flights to and from other routes including Labasa, Savusavu, Taveuni, Kadavu and Rotuma.

The service would be enabled through fast 19-passenger Dornier 228 and a 37-passenger DH8-100 aircraft.

Inter Island’s earlier announcements and promised aircraft types had generated special enthusiasm in tourism destinations like Taveuni and Savusavu.

Tourism operators in both have sought more than the Twin Otter turboprop flights operated there by the main domestic airline, Fiji Link.

Meanwhile, Nausori-based, locally owned Northern Air has upgraded its fleet, launching a fast Bandeirante turboprop on services between Suva and Labasa. It operates a smaller Britten Norman Islander to other destinations.

What does Inter Island say about its 2015 plans?

Following correspondence Inter Island Airways Fiji president and chief executive Barney Sene said briefly by email: “At this time, we would like to forgo any Q&A’s until the end of January/early February 2015 when we should be in a better position to answer your questions.”

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