12 Apr 2005

Guam-based carrier to reduce flights via Marshalls

2:24 pm on 12 April 2005

Guam-based Asia Pacific Airlines has announced that it will again cut flights through the Marshall Islands.

The airline's president, Mike Quinn, says the airline is planning to reduce west-bound flights from three to two per week shortly, with additional reductions possible.

APA says it has been hit by major increases from Mobil Oil Micronesia, the only fuel supplier to the Marshall Islands, as well as by the government's 20 percent tax on fuel imports.

Asia Pacific Airlines provides mail delivery service on contract to the United States Postal Service and also flies shipments of fresh yellowfin tuna from the Marshall Islands for the sashimi raw fish markets in Japan and the United States.