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Tuvalu in dark over Air Fiji grounding

24 August 2008

Tuvalu deputy High Commissioner Samuelu Laloliu says they're still in the dark over the grounding of Air Fiji flights at the weekend.

Mr Laloliu said High Commissioner Tine Leuelu was scheduled to return to Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum meeting last night and they would be better informed today.

Mr Leuelu is on the company's board of directors.

Tuvalu and Chinese company Catic owns 51 per cent shares in the company.

Calls made to Air Fiji chief executive Sialeni Vuetaki and manager commercial Adrian Ali were not answered yesterday.

Yesterday Air Fiji pilots were still on standby.

When contacted in New Zealand Air BP manager Glenn Lowen said "the current issue with Air Fiji is a contractual matter between Air Fiji and Air BP".

Due to its confidential nature, Mr Lowen declined any further comment and referred questions to Air Fiji.

The cancellation of flights over the weekend frustrated passengers, who were informed of the cancellation but told to be at the airport incase there was a flight available.

But there were no flights at all the entire weekend.

Source: Fiji Times

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