Melanesian airlines formalise deal

12:50 pm on 8 December 2015
Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZI

Airlines of three Melanesian countries have formalised a codeshare arrangement.

Solomon Islands' national carrier Solomon Airlines, Air Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea's Air Niugini have officially validated a tripartite agreement at the bi-annual Association of South Pacific Airlines meeting, taking place in Brisbane.

Solomon Airlines

Solomon Airlines Photo: Supplied

Island Life reports that under the terms of the accord, Solomon Airlines will be in position to buy seats from Air Niugini on its four weekly flights from Port Moresby to Honiara and vice versa.

The codeshare also extends to a weekly Port Vila service which Solomon Airlines will codeshare with Air Vanuatu as well as the PNG national carrier.

The Solomon Airlines CEO, Captain Ron Sumsum, says a reservations system required for the service had already been successfully tested and all three carriers were in position to commence operation of the new service by January.

He says having the three airlines working in unison supports moves to foster regional economic development within the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

An Air Vanuatu plane taking off

An Air Vanuatu plane taking off Photo: RNZI