30 Jul 2014

Solomons says aviation row in Fiji's court

1:22 pm on 30 July 2014

Aviation authorities in Solomon Islands say they are willing to hold talks with Fiji to end an airline dispute, but insist responsibility for the impasse lies with Fiji.

The dispute began nearly two weeks ago when Fiji authorities denied the entry of a Solomon Airlines flight to Nadi.

Indira Moala has more.

"George Satu of the Solomon Islands Aviation Authority says the issue arose from a Fiji Airways request for an additional Saturday slot to fly direct from Nadi to Honiara, which he refused. Since then the Solomons government has suspended any further Fiji Airways flights to and from Honiara. Mr Satu told the Fiji Times that the Fiji government had never returned its goodwill on traffic rights. Earlier this week, Fiji's Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said his side was waiting for contact from the Solomons government to resolve the issue but the Solomons government says it has requested to hold discussions in Fiji many times but Fiji has failed to make that happen."