Update: 9:13AM THE Northern Air Services recently spent about $3million for the purchase of two Bandeirantes aircraft in a bid to improve air services to islands outside Viti Levu.
Confirming this, company owner Rainjesh San said one of the aircraft was already in the country with the second expected in by the end of the month.
Mr San said the inclusion of the aircrafts to the North air routes would be of great advantage to the travelling population in the North.
"Our fare package from Labasa to Suva has already been announced and it is $130 one way and we know that other airline companies are going to also decrease their air fares so that they can maintain their grip on the air travel package," he said.
"I reiterate to the people of the Northern Division that we need their support to improve air services to the North.
"Otherwise, we will have no choice but to cease operations to the North and flight costs will have to remain as it was at $260 one way from Labasa to Suva."
Mr San said the important issue was that people needed to be aware that there was a need to end the monopoly on the cost of fare services to the North, and they needed to support the initiative by the Northern Air Services.
"We will definitely increase flights from Suva to our island destinations based on the demand. We are going to try and extend from Nadi to the Northern Division as well.
"Another new local destination that we are thinking of is Rotuma."