Preparations to host the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PIFLM52) in Rarotonga and Aitutaki in November includes a special commercial flight with Fiji Airways.
this month, Cook Islands Prime Minister and Pacific Islands Forum chair Mark
Brown, who was in Suva, Fiji, discussed this Pacific partnership with the
president of Kiribati Taneti Ma’amau on the margins of the Forum Foreign
Ministers Meeting (FEMM).
to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI), the Cook Islands
hopes the direct flight could be arranged with Fiji Airways to support direct
travel by Forum Leaders between Nadi and Rarotonga.
to Pacific News Service (PACNEWS), PM Brown said: “I am happy to say that we
have been in discussions with Fiji Airways to look at streamlining the travel
from all Pacific members particularly from Nadi direct to Rarotonga.”
discussions are progressing and in the next couple of days this would be
confirmed, once arrangements are in place.
commented that given the high cost of travel in the region after Covid-19,
other Pacific delegations, especially from the Northern Pacific, can take
advantage of this charter flight.
islanders have to transit through Auckland in New Zealand in order to travel to
Brown also met with Fiji’s Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Lenora
Qereqeretabua to discuss progress on bilateral initiatives including the
bilateral cooperation arrangement being finalised by the Cook Islands and Fiji.
It includes review and modernising of the bilateral air services agreement to
support air connectivity, and efforts by both governments to promote expanded
trade and business connections.
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting will be held from November 6-10.