BY ALEX DADAMU
THE Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the Solomon Islands has approved a recommendation by the Oversight Committee to allow two repatriation flights by Solomon Airlines in November.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nationwide address today revealed that the first flight will be on 19 November to Kiribati and Nadi to pick up stranded citizens from both countries while the second flight will be from Manila to Honiara on 24 November to repatriate 144 students from the Philippines.
“The first flight on 19 November comes at the back of the normal Airline’s cargo run on 18 November which will also bring a small number of passengers that have already been approved and have complied with our pre-departure requirements.
“The second flight on 24 November – Cabinet has been assured by the Oversight Committee that our students waiting in Manila are in hotel quarantine which should reduce the COVID-19 risk status,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare, later revealed that the Cabinet has approved up to 7 additional flights during the period late November 2020 through to mid-January 2021 for repatriation of Solomon Islands citizens including graduating students from Fiji and Papua New Guinea.