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Nauru Airlines wins Australian tender, will resume north Pacific service

Nauru Airlines is expected this month to resume air service linking Brisbane with islands in the central and north Pacific that it halted two and a half years ago due to Covid border closures in the region.

Nauru Airlines was the successful bidder for an Australian-government program that will subsidize the service as its re-launches.

Australian Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Brek Batley said that Nauru Airlines won the tender from Australia's Pacific Flights Program last week.

This positions the airline to receive funding from Australia to support it during the initial phases of resuming a service that the airline had operated for decades prior to multiple islands closing their borders in early 2020 to prevent the spread of Covid.

Australia's Pacific Flights Program was initially established "to help airlines and provide humanitarian aid during Covid," said Batley, who said Australia supported 450 flights to 10 countries in the region since the pandemic hit in 2020, upending air service.

Now, with countries reopening and air travel resuming, the Pacific Flights Program is focused on supporting air routes where it is needed by subsidizing the service, so it becomes commercially viable, he said.

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