The government of Fiji has passed a new law that allows it to take greater operational control of the nation’s international carrier, Air Pacific, and its subsidiary Pacific Sun, effectively cutting the influence of Australia’s Qantas Airways in managing the airlines.
The Civil Aviation (Ownership and Control of National Airlines) Decree 2012 was announced in a statement issued by attorney-general and minister for civil aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
“With this law, the Bainimarama government has now corrected the activities of prior Fijian governments, which allowed foreign citizens to control Fiji’s national airlines,” says the statement. “Since Air Pacific is responsible for carrying more than 70% of visitors to Fiji, its success is critical to the health of the Fijian economy and the livelihoods of Fijians.”
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