A-G: Korean Air made a commercial decision to cease Fiji flights

THE decision by Korean Air to cease flights to Fiji from October this year is “their own commercial decision”.

This was revealed by Attorney-General and Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament on Tuesday after calls by Opposition spokesman for Tourism and Civil Aviation Viliame Gavoka that Government held talks with the Korean airline to continue servicing their Fiji route.

“They made a commercial decision and we have to respect that,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Let’s be positive, stop being so negative. We should be pushing for people who want to come to North Asia to come through Narita through our national carrier.”

Speaking during a debate on a review report on Airport Fiji Ltd’s (AFL) 2016 Annual Report in Parliament, Mr Gavoka said he hoped the Aviation and Tourism ministers and Government would meet Korean Air officials to convince them to continue to provide their services to Fiji.

“Korean Air is the only airline outside of the South Pacific that is flying into Fiji. It’s a beautiful airport (Nadi), but it shouldn’t only be serviced by airlines from the region. It should also attract airlines from North America, the northern part of the Pacific, Japan Airlines and all that,” he said.

“Through Korean Air, you can go into any part of Asia. It’s going to be tragic if indeed they pull out.

“I hope that the opportunity is there for Government to talk to Korean Air.”

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