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China finds new door to region

A NEW tripartite codeshare service has thrown the door wide open to Asian markets. This month marked the beginning of links between Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu using the national carriers of three nations. The announcement of the agreement came on the back of PNG’s new Air Services Agreement signed with China just two months ago allowing direct flights from Beijing to Port Moresby.

And it bolstered Solomon Airlines’ position after it signed a codeshare agreement with Qantas on flights out of Sydney and Brisbane. Under the terms of the accord, Solomon Airlines will be in position to buy seats from Air Niugini on its four weekly flights from Port Moresby to Honiara and vice versa. The codeshare also extends to a weekly Port Vila service which Solomon Airlines will codeshare with Air Vanuatu as well as the PNG national carrier.

The three-way Melanesian deal is designed to open up travel in the Solomons and Vanuatu – two of the region’s emerging destinations at the recent South Pacific Tourism Exhibition on Australia’s Gold Coast.

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