SUNBIZ

Fiji Airways Leaves Impasse Decision With Governments To Resolve

Fiji Airways says it has left discussions over the impasse between our national airline and Solomon Airlines in the hands of government. This impasse between the two countries’ started in
05 Dec 2014 00:45
Fiji Airways Leaves Impasse Decision With Governments To Resolve
Solomon Airlines general manager Operations and Commercial, Gus Kraus, being interviewed by the Fiji Sun during ASPA’s 61st General Session at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji Airways says it has left discussions over the impasse between our national airline and Solomon Airlines in the hands of government.

This impasse between the two countries’ started in July after Solomon Islands authorities refused a request from Fiji Airways for a direct Saturday flight Nadi-Honiara-Nadi.

Fiji Airways was operating a Tuesday schedule Nadi-Port Vila-Honiara-Port Vila-Nadi.

Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive, Stefan Pichler, said: “I know that is an issue between government and we have nothing to say about it.”

Mr Pichler believes the government of Solomon Islands clearly breached the existing Air Services Agreement.

But he stated: “Fiji is the hub of the Pacific and other airlines will come into Nadi but will all depend on the close partnership.”

Solomon’s response

Solomon Airlines operations and commercial general manager, Gus Kraus, referring to comments made in Parliament this week, said the same things is being said rather than identifying a plan to move forward.

While Mr Pichler said they have not engaged with Solomon Airlines themselves, Mr Kraus on the contrary said the airline was in discussion with Fiji Airways.

This, he said, was on the side just to see whether they can come to commercial reality and move forward.

“The new Solomon Island Government will be formed by next week and we believe that the date is set where both the government will meet on January 25,” he said.

“We are still working ground with Fiji Airways and hope it works.”

The association thoughts

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Association of the South Pacific Airlines, Didier Tappero, agreed Air Service Agreements are predominantly the domain of government.

But, he also feels the airlines can facilitate discussions amongst themselves and try and resolve issues internally without having to resort to governments for resolutions.

“We should use the forum provided through ASPA to meet privately between like-minded parties to explore avenues to foster collaboration and partnerships in the provision of intra-regional services,” he said.

“We are supposed to be the experts in aviation matters and our government rely on us for guidance and advice.”

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fijisun E-edition
Total Excellium
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper