How can the “blue continent” stay connected? – AsiaTimes | Vette Leader

After Samoa fully reopened its borders on August 1, another Pacific country has been cautiously moving forward after two years of border closures and little or no international tourism.

However, given the many challenges facing Pacific aviation, opening it up isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. Soaring fuel costs, mounting debt, management problems and a shortage of pilots have plagued the industry in the region.

Climate change adds to these problems. Aside from tourism, small island nations with very small economies spread across a vast expanse of ocean depend on high-carbon air travel for health, trade and family relationships.

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