12 Jan 2015

Fiji and Solomon Islands flight ban lifted

2:23 pm on 12 January 2015

Fiji and the Solomon Islands have agreed to lift the suspension of their Air Services Agreement, allowing Fiji Airways and Solomon Airlines to fly between the two countries.

A Fiji Airways plane

A Fiji Airways plane Photo: Supplied

A row between the nations over air service has prevented the national airlines from flying between Solomon Islands and Fiji since July.

FBC News reports Fiji's Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as saying both airlines are now entitled to operate three flights per week.

The Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Milner Tozaka, met Fiji's Civil Aviation Minister this morning and says he is grateful that fruitful discussions have taken place.

Fiji Airways Chief executive Stefan Pichler has indicated they will begin the flights in March.

Solomon Airlines has yet to confirm when they will begin their flights.

Solomon Airlines

Solomon Airlines Photo: Supplied