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A-G: Opportunities Open For Savusavu Air Services

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said there were opportunities for other airline companies to operate flights  into Savusavu domestically. He made the comment while responding to submissions
06 Jun 2016 10:21

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said there were opportunities for other airline companies to operate flights  into Savusavu domestically.

He made the comment while responding to submissions made by the Savusavu Tourism Association (STA) at Labasa College on Saturday. During a Budget forum the association had again raised concerns about air services and Savusavu Airport.

“A Samoan airline was one company that came and we gave them a licence,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum recalled.

“We provided the necessary support but they never showed up again, they disappeared.

“If the STA believe it has numbers, if you have the right connectivity with international airlines and it can be done through chartering a plane, please do it yourself.

“There is absolutely no restriction for you.

“The opportunities are there and believe me, if there was a dollar to be made, Fiji Link would make the dollar,” he said.

Fiji Link provides the main scheduled service into Savusavu. But it has previously pointed out that its Twin Otter flights regularly do not operate full loading to and from Savusavu.

Savusavu Tourism Association made the submission that there were many hotels and resorts operating in Savusavu.

Therefore they needed more flights to cater for their international visitors.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum agreed with other submission made by STA regarding more awareness about Government initiatives.

“There are a lot of wonderful Government packages and initiatives.

“Whether it is just as small as a chainsaw to providing fence or providing all sorts of things in various other sectors.

“We hope to do more in that space.”

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