Solomon Airlines today advised that with effect Thursday 15th December 2011, the airline will re-commence Air Service operations to Ballalae.
The airline further indicated that “Flights to Ballalae were suspended in June until present whilst we tried to work with the previous agent to pay all outstanding funds not accounted for to the airline.” The arrears were a result of credits given to people without our authority and not accounting for these monies to the airline.” An airline spokesman indicated.
“We have had ongoing discussions with the previous agent & principals of the agency for the past year and with whom we have signed agreements to repay the arrears but these agreements have not been honoured.” The airline continued.
“Finally, the airline said, ‘we are now in a position where businessman, Augustine Taneko of Ballalae Resort has signed a new agency agreement with the airline to move his Ward/Constituency forward by taking this bold move which he has also agreed to inherit the bad debts of the previous agent and try to recover these debts if and when he is able to.”
This will see obvious benefits to the people of the Shortlands including Government services and businesses alike which will see the return of long awaited Air Services to this region.
Flights are now available in the airlines reservations system and the public can call Reservations on 177 or 20031/23561 to make bookings and secure seats just in time for Christmas.
‘We apologise to the people of Shortlands but also indicated that if it was not for this bold move by Mr.Taneko, the possibility of re-opening of air services by Solomon Airlines may not have eventuated.
Merry Christmas to the people of Shortlands and safe journeys on flight back home….the airline stamen closed.