Plans For New Kiribati-Tuvalu Air Service
TARAWA, Kiribati (July 19, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Kiribati
government is pursuing plans for an improved regional air service.
It hopes to have it operating within the next several months, having
become frustrated with the unreliability of Air Nauru, which now
provides the country's only direct link with several countries.
To pursue the plan, Kiribati has leased an ATR-42 aircraft and plans to
establish services between Kiribati and Fiji, Nauru, the Marshall
Islands and Tuvalu.
The government currently is negotiating landing rights with Fiji.
Fiji Home Affairs Minister Joketani Cokanasiga said a reliable link
between Kiribati and Fiji would be valuable for the region and serve the
needs of the growing I-Kiribati population in Fiji.