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Air Kiribati launches Tuvalu flight, connects Funafuti to Port Vila

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Air Kiribati announced the launch of once-a-week service linking Tarawa and Tuvalu’s main island, Funafuti, utilizing Air Kiribati’s Dash 8 100 aircraft from 21 March.

Tarataake Teannaki, Air Kiribati CEO, said the service connects two nations with long held strong ties and will allow Tuvalu residents new choices for travel to places such as the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Honiara, Port Vila, Port Moresby and Brisbane.

“We’re excited to make this announcement,” said Mr 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,” adds Mr 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.