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Airlines Dispute

Air Niugini and Solomon Airlines settle dispute and ink new code-sharing deal

Charles Kereau  Jun 01, 2009

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (eTN) - Solomon Airlines has confirmed that the current code-share agreement, which was terminated at the beginning of May with Air Niugini for the Honiara, Solomon Islands to Nadi, Fiji, route, has been revised and new terms have been drafted and agreed upon to put in place immediately.

Solomon Airlines says both airlines will now extend this agreement until further notice and have re-opened the route for sale since May 29.

Solomon Airlines says it is pleased with the outcome and while it continues the dialogue to further cement the future of the code-share agreement with Air Niugini, it is evident that both airlines need each other to maintain this link between Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Earlier this month, Solomon Airlines and Air Niugini suspended their code-share agreement to and from Fiji.

Solomon Airlines said at that time that code-share agreement between the two airlines between Solomon Islands and Fiji has been terminated because the last agreement lapsed in November last year and due to several matters in dispute regarding travel between Solomon Islands and Fiji. Solomon Airlines indicated then that there was no point in further discussions.

Solomon Airlines said that at the heart of the commercial differences was that for the past couple of years, both airlines enjoyed good business on the route with a code-share arrangement from Fiji.

The spokesman says it now arises that Air Niugini has pegged the number of seats and the price in which it intends for Solomon Airlines to pay for each seat; surcharges; cargo and excess baggage.

Solomon Airlines says it believes that the working relationship between both parties has been important for the development of services between the Melanesian Countries and the route opened by Air Niugini about two years ago was fundamental in ensuring it remained as a partner on the route.

 Air Niugini and Solomon Airlines settle dispute and ink new code-sharing deal
Photo by Morris Biondi

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