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Civil Aviation awaits Australian designations

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 20, 2009) - Jetstar will have to be a designated national carrier for Australia if it wants to fly to Fiji by April.

Director Civil Aviation Akuila Waradi said that Jetstar inquired about the requirements and process for obtaining an International Air Service Licence.

Mr. Waradi said while it was the intention of the airline to fly to Fiji by April 2010, it had to first get the Australian Government to inform his department that Jetstar was designated as a national carrier.

"We need that from their government, not them," he said. "It’s not that we don’t trust their word, but it’s a requirement."

Jetstar said it received relevant approvals from the Australian aeronautical authorities to operate between Australia and Fiji.

Waradi said the airline needed to fulfill the requirements.

"We have to be satisfied with their air worthiness certificate, which tells us that their aircraft are safe to travel, carrying paid passengers."

He said the airline needed to show that their insurance cover was valid.

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