TUVALU WAITS FOR AIR SERVICE TO RESUME

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Hopeful Air Fiji will resume this week

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 8, 2008) – Tuvalu’s Deputy High Commissioner in Suva says they expect Air Fiji to resume twice weekly flights to Tuvalu this week.

[PIR editor’s note: Tuvalu, located north of Rotuma, Fiji, consists of nine coral atolls with a total population of 12,177. ] Samuelu Laloniu says Air Fiji suspended all flights several weeks ago because it was unable to pay for the fuel it needs.

He says while they are expecting flights to resume shortly, passengers should still check with Air Fiji prior to booking.

"We are very looking forward to Air Fiji resuming its flights this week. In fact it was supposed to...it was a scheduled flight on Sunday to Tuvalu but unfortunately that did not happen as well. So we are looking forward to sometime this week."

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