Air Kiribati has announced the launch of its once-a-week service linking Tarawa and Funafuti utilising Air Kiribati’s Dash 8 100 aircraft from 21 March.
Chief Executive Officer, Tarataake Teannaki said the service connects two nations with long held strong ties and allows Tuvalu residents new choices for travel to countries such as the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Honiara, Port Vila, Port Moresby and Brisbane.
“We’re excited to make this announcement,” said Teannaki.
“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”.
“This 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 Kiribati Vision 20 (KV20) objectives,” added Teannaki.
“Our new Tuvalu service is our second international service that we have announced after last year’s establishment of a once-a-week service between Tarawa, Honiara and Brisbane”.
Prices between Tarawa and Funafuti start from $350 one way with up to 35 seats available on every service. Passengers will enjoy an in-cabin service and the warm hospitality of Air Kiribati’s cabin crew.
In addition, Air Kiribati is pleased to announce that it has appointed Manu Travel Office as its General Sales Agent or GSA in Tuvalu.
“It is important that Air Kiribati has a strong presence in Tuvalu and we are pleased to announce Ilaisita Manuella and her team at Manu Travel Services as Air Kiribati’s first international GSA,” said Teannaki.
Air Kiribati is also pleased to announce that to celebrate the launch of the Funafuti service, it will be selling tickets exclusively at a promotional rate of $250 for special flights on 14th March and 17th March. Tickets are strictly limited and will out fast.
Tarataake Teannaki acknowledged the enormous contributions made by both the Government of Kiribati and Government of Tuvalu in making this service happen. It follows the formally signing of the Air Service Agreement between both countries in December 2017.
To make a booking for promotional flights and 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.
(Source: Air Kiribati Press Release 05 March 2018)