Solomon Airlines Jacks Up Fares

Beginning on January 5, 2009, it will cost 19 percent more to use the domestic services of Solomon Airlines. In a way, this is good as the old fares were so low that it was often difficult to get a reservation. Now that many local users have been priced out of the market, it will be easier for visitors to get bookings on flights from Honiara to Munda, Gizo, and several dozen other islands. And Solomon Airlines does need the additional revenue to pay for its new twin-engined Dash8 aircraft used on domestic flights. Internationally, Solomon Airlines is at pains to explain that they are a full service carrier, not a no frills outfit like competitor Pacific Blue which charges extra for inflight drinks, meals, and movies en route.

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