A NEW REGIONAL AIRLINE COULD BEGIN FLYING OUT OF PALAU IN 12 MONTHS

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KOROR, Palau (December 13, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Plans for a new airline to serve Micronesian areas were announced at a recent Guam meeting of the Pacific Island Legislatures organization.

Palau delegate Okada Techitong said Hawai‘i-based Aloha Airlines has agreed to manage Palau's Rock Island Airlines and was interested in developing an operation that would serve Palau and neighboring Micronesian island and Asian countries.

Techitong said although seven airlines have rights to fly in and out of Palau, only three were active, and between them they provided only 14flights a week.

He said Aloha Airlines was close to putting up the required funds so Rock Island Airlines could begin filling in the gaps in regional air services, with an inaugural flight scheduled for October next year.

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