10 Apr 2003

France seeks competitive air services for overseas territories

4:06 pm on 10 April 2003

French government ministers have met representatives of airlines serving overseas territories in a bid to secure reliable and competitive air services.

The Paris meeting was attended by the French ministers of transport and overseas territories and involved delegates from Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Corsair and Air Austral.

A statement says carriers serving exclusively overseas territories should have their costs lowered which could amount to the fees being paid by employers.

But the government says there has to be what it calls reasonable competition.

Meanwhile, Air Tahiti Nui has expressed interest in taking over the Papeete to Honolulu route from Hawaiian Airlines which is faced with financial difficulties.