Air services

Solomon Airlines confirms indefinite cancellation of air services to Manaoba due to landowner dispute

Solomon Airlines regrets to inform that due to the risk associated with interrupted services caused by the dispute with local landowners, the airline has indefinitely suspended all flights to and from Manaoba.

Solomon Airlines Twin Otter aircraft. Photo: Solomon Airlines

The suspension takes effect immediately, including the cancellation of today’s service. The airline is making every effort to contact all affected passengers.

While we sincerely regret the inconvenience to our passengers, the matter is simple. The landowners have advised us to suspend services until an ongoing disagreement between local landowners can be resolved,” said Solomon Airlines CEO Mr. Brett Gebers.

We are therefore canceling all services to Manaoba indefinitely as the constant disruption to our schedule cannot be tolerated.

“While we understand that there may be local issues to be resolved which are beyond our control, we have an obligation to all who depend on our scheduled flights across the Solomon Islands,said Mr. Gebers.

Airlines cannot easily start and restart flights and runway operations on a whim. Behind the scenes, managing flight operations to regional areas is an important activity that involves planning aircraft and equipment, fueling, crewing, managing passenger reservation processes and freight.,” he said.

At a time when we seek to recover and rebuild Solomon Airlines, we have no choice but to make a sensible decision to suspend flights to airports where our services are not required.

Currently, services to Marau are also suspended for the same reason, to the major detriment of our local community and future tourism prospects.

As an airline, we have an obligation to maintain our published schedule for all who depend on our scheduled flights across the Solomon Islands to the many communities we serve. The continuous interruptions disrupt us all and these conflicts serve no one, neither us nor the communities, and certainly not the landowners whose lands are no longer used for aircraft takeoffs and landings.,” he said.

-Solomon Airlines Press