AIR TAHITI NUI TO SUSPEND DIRECT SYDNEY FLIGHTS

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The action part of broader plan to cut costs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, January 9, 2009) – Air Tahiti Nui has announced that in the face of the financial difficulties it will abandon its direct flights between French Polynesia and Sydney from March.

The airline will maintain its connection to Australia’s east coast by flying the route via Auckland three times a week.

[PIR editor’s note: According to industry newsletter e-Travel Blackboard, the direct Papeete-Sydney route will be suspended for a six-month period, from April to October in order to cut costs.]

Four years ago, the airline bought a fifth Airbus to launch the direct Sydney flights when it also began its non-stop Papeete-New York service.

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