SOLOMON AIRLINES NOT CANCELING AUCKLAND FLIGHTS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 29, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Solomon Airlines is not canceling its weekly flight to Auckland, New Zealand as reported in the local media. An airline source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the airline’s management has been "miserably misquoted" as the service is only temporarily suspended.

The suspension, effective July 4, will be in effect while ways to make the Honiara-Auckland route profitable are evaluated.

The Auckland service is viable, the source said, but not yet profitable.

He said while the flight is suspended, Solomon Airlines passengers to and from Auckland will be accommodated by either Air Pacific in Nadi, Fiji or Air New Zealand in Brisbane, Australia.

The source said the weekly Auckland service via Nadi was not profitable because the Fiji government did not permit Solomon Airlines to pick passengers from either Nadi to Auckland or from Auckland to Nadi.

An alternative, the source noted, is to continue the Brisbane flight directly to Auckland.

During the flight suspension, the Solomon Airlines office in Auckland will remain open.

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