Kiribati welcomes resumed airline service

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) has welcomed the announcement by Nauru Airlines to resume its Island Hopper Service from October 16.

This service last operated in March 2020, prior to the COVID-19 international border closure.

Nauru Airlines’ Island Hopper schedule will connect Kiribati with Brisbane, Australia and Nadi Fiji through Nauru and also offer direct fortnightly return services from Tarawa to Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

TAK CEO, Petero Manufolau acknowledged the important role played by regional carriers like Nauru Airlines in connecting remote yet unique Pacific Island destinations like Kiribati with the rest of the world.

The Brisbane to Tarawa via Nauru flight will begin as a Sunday fortnightly service, departing Brisbane at 8.15am and arriving at Bonriki International Airport at 5.10pm.

Manufolau added that the service will be ideal for business travellers from Australia and opens up additional travel options for off the beaten track leisure traveller seeking to journey the road least travelled.

The resumed airline service means that travellers have two weekend departure options from Brisbane, with the second being with Solomon Airlines. Fiji Airways compliments this with its twice a week direct service from Nadi to Tarawa.