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Friday, May 1, 2009

Air Fiji to shut down

The financially troubled domestic airline, Air Fiji, has decided to permanently shut down its entire operations from today.

The airline was in financial trouble even before the entry of Air Pacific's subsidiary, Pacific Sun, into the domestic market more than three years ago.

In recent months, Air Fiji has been struggling to fly its planes. The airline has been unable to pay the salaries of its staff or pay its fuel supplier. All its planes were grounded for three weeks - the public was told it was due to mechanical problems.

Cancellations or delays of flights have been recurring right up to today.

Sources have told Coupfourpointfive that staff were supposed to get their pay last Thursday, but they still haven't been paid.

Staff took a 15 percent pay cut soon after the December 2006 coup.

Air Fiji is jointly owned by the Government of Tuvalu and a Chinese company.

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