14 Dec 2006

Nauru encourages other countries to become partners in Our Airline

7:17 pm on 14 December 2006

The chief executive of Nauru's Our Airline, says a proposal for a group of regional countries to jointly own the airline company, is driven by the prospect of sharing costs and ensuring air links.

Geoff Bowmaker says there has been an initial discussion between the small island states of Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Nauru.

Solomon Islands has also been invited to participate because of its geographical location and similar needs.

Mr Bowmaker says each of the countries now need to come up with what flights they will need to have in place to make it work.

"Part of the process that needs to go forward is that all of the country requirements need to be examined so that the total, what comes out of the end, does satisfy the air transport needs of the individual members that are looking to participate."

Geoff Bowmaker.

Nauru's Transport Minister, Kieren Keke, says if the venture goes ahead, he hopes each country will own an equal share in return for landing rights.