16 Jan 2004

Fiji government to continue subsidising uneconomic flights

12:35 pm on 16 January 2004

The Fiji government has agreed to continue paying a subsidy for uneconomic commercial flights to the country's outer islands.

Radio Fiji reports the subsidy will go to Air Fiji which is now majority owned by the Tuvalu government.

The minister for civil aviation, Jo Vosanibola, says the government has allocated money to service uneconomic routes to enable people on outer islands to travel to mainland Viti Levu.

Last year, Air Fiji has threatened to withdraw from loss making routes until the government stepped in with subsidies.

Government subsidies last year totalled more than 150-thousand US dollars.