23 Dec 2005

Air Marshall Islands flying internationally to replace Air Nauru route

5:07 pm on 23 December 2005

Air Marshall Islands is flying special international flights because Air Nauru is out of service following the court-ordered repossession of its only Boeing-737.

Air Marshall Islands is laying on special flights to get passengers stranded in Majuro to Tarawa in Kiribati.

Air Marshall Islands, which for the past two years has flown only domestically, is also looking at re-establishing air service between Majuro and Tarawa with possible additional service to Nauru.

An Australian court ruled last week that Air Nauru¹s single plane had to be turned over to American creditors on Sunday because loan payments on

the plane hadn't been paid by the Nauru government.

The abrupt halt to Air Nauru¹s central Pacific service after two and a half years has left many stranded.

Air Marshall Islands flew its first charter service Thursday this week, with every seat on its Dash-8, twin-engine plane filled.

The general manager of Air Marshall Islands, Dan Fitzpatrick, said that another charter was

scheduled for next Thursday to Tarawa, and then every Thursday until Air Nauru is able to start service again.

Air Pacific, Air Vanuatu and Air Marshall Islands are all flying portions of the Brisbane, Australia to Nadi, Fiji route formerly serviced weekly by Air Nauru.