NORTH PACIFIC PUSHES FOR BETTER AIRLINE SERVICES

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (August 3, 2001 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---Legislators from the North Pacific region are meeting in Yap in an effort to find solutions to what they describe as the worsening airline services in the region.

The board of the Pacific Islands Association of Legislatures is discussing the findings of Kiribati representative Patrick Tatireta's investigation into the services provided by the region's airlines companies and his recommendations for improvements.

They include the possible "establishment of alternative airline transportation within the Micronesian region, to include putting up a regional airline."

Representative Dino M. Jones, of Saipan, who chairs the group's Economic Committee, said he will call for the creation of an "advisory council" to handle the airline issue.

He said the council would "sit together with the management of the airline companies, in order to find solutions to air transportation problems," which include spiraling fare rates and poor services.

"These companies should (improve) their services because it is affecting not only passengers but the region's economy as well," he added.

The Tatireta report comes four months after the board began discussion of the problem at a meeting in Pohnpei.

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