8 Jul 2004

Fiji wants to restrict cut price airlines

8:37 am on 8 July 2004

The Fiji government wants to limit the number of cut-price airlines from Australia and New Zealand which can fly into the country.

Under the current air services agreement Fiji has to allow in any number of airlines from the two countries.

But a ministry of civil aviation official, Olipani Baba, has told Fiji TV that they want to have talks with Australia and New Zealand to restrict the number of airlines.

Their concern is that the current open skies policy will damage the national airline, Air Pacific.

Mr Baba says Air Pacific should be protected because during the coup when all other airlines pulled out of Fiji, Air Pacific was the only carrier providing services even though it was running at a loss.