NIUE’S PM LAKATANI UPBEAT ABOUT AIR SERVICE

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NIUE’S PM LAKATANI UPBEAT ABOUT AIR SERVICE

ALOFI, Niue (June 1, 2001 – Radio Australia)--Premier Sani Lakatani is confident Royal Tongan Airlines will sign an agreement with the Niue government this month guaranteeing twice a week scheduled service from Nuku‘alofa, Tonga to Niue.

The air services agreement, projected to run through October of this year, likely will include a Niue government subsidy paid for empty seats, a waiver on landing fees and duty free aviation fuel.

Scheduled air service to Niue was cancelled for over two months earlier this year due to Royal Tongan fiscal and licensing problems. Currently, one flight a week is provided.

The Pacific news service, PACNEWS, reports that tourism operators are concerned because there are insufficient airline seats a week to support a viable visitor industry.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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