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Watchdog lauds new airline

April 16
11:23 2013

By FARISHA AHMED

The Consumer Council of Fiji welcomes the planned entry of Inter Island Airways, a new airline company, to stir up competition.
This has been long overdue after the collapse of Air Fiji, council chief executive officer Premila Kumar says.
She said consumers will benefit as they will have more flight schedules and choices, new destinations, and lower fares.
Pacific Sun has been the only airline maintaining most domestic routes since Air Fiji closed. It uses a fleet of ATR42-500 Turboprops and Twin Otters.
Nausori-based Northern Air also operates some domestic services using small Britten-Norman Islanders.
Inter Island plans to start services in July using Dornier 228 aircraft. It is linked to the American Samoa airline of the same name.
“We are hopeful that with another airline service disruptions will be minimised when planes are taken away for servicing and maintenance which causes inconvenience to consumers and financial loss to businesses,” Mrs Kumar said.
She highlighted that domestic air services were vital to the country’s economic development.

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