Tuvalu News

AIR FIJI ROW WORRIES TUVALU

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (February 6, 2001 * Radio Australia)---The government of Tuvalu has expressed concern over reports that Fiji's domestic airline, Air Fiji, is involved in a financial battle with a Papua New Guinea company.

Fiji-based Credit Corporation hired local bailiffs over the weekend to seize two aircraft belonging to Air Fiji.

However, the Pacific News Agency reports that airline officials prevented the bailiffs from entering its premises in Suva.

The Tuvalu government has publicly announced that it intends to buy a substantial amount of Air Fiji shares, which operates a twice-weekly service between Tuvalu and Fiji.

Tuvalu's Deputy High Commissioner in Suva, Fakavae Taumia, said the action against the airline is worrying.

The PNG company took out the summons to seize two of the airline's aircraft because Air Fiji reportedly owes it money.

Credit Corporation has declined to disclose details of the dispute.


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