Air Kiribati’s Dash 8 aircraft parking at the Funafuti International Airport shortly after landing in its first operational flight on 14 March 2018
(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
A new direct air service between Kiribati and Tuvalu will become effective today 21 March 2018. The service will be operated by Air Kiribati, Kiribati’s National Airline and its first inaugural flight to Tuvalu was on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. It is an exciting development as it will connect the two nations who have lived together under the former Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony.
Air Kiribati has announced that it will be launching one flight a week between the two countries utilizing Air Kiribati’s Dash 8 aircraft as from the 21 March 2018. The announcement was made by the Chief Executive officer of Air Kiribati, Mr Tarataake Teannaki.
The service will allow Tuvalu residents a new choice for travel to countries such as the Marshall Islands, Nauru Islands, Honiara in the Solomon Islands, Port Villa in Vanuatu, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Brisbane in Australia.
Mr Teannaki said “We know that there are strong family and government connections between Kiribati and Tuvalu and we are confident that the service will be well used. The service we believe will facilitate the growth and development of both tourism and trade between the two countries and will further the Kiribati Government’s K20 objectives. Our new Tuvalu service is our second international service that we have announced after last year’s establishment of once a week service between Tarawa and Honiara and Brisbane.’
Manu Travel Office, a local company managed by Mrs Ilaisita S. Manuella has been appointed as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Tuvalu.
Prices between Tarawa and Funafuti start from $350.00 one way with up to 35 seats available on every service. Mrs Manuella said that passengers will enjoy an in-cabin service and the warmth hospitality of Air Kiribati’s cabin crew.
Manu Travel Office would like o announce that for the new service, passengers can purchase a ticket through the Kiribati Travel Agency (KTA) office in Bairiki at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 75021188/75021189 as well as Manu Travel Services Office in Funafuti at email@example.com or via phone at 20980 or mobile 7006053/7006054.