New Airline Alert: Fly Micronesia Hopes to Connect the World to Paradise
You guys, Pacific Islands are so hot right now! We mean both literally and figuratively, but we're going to focus on how travel to Oceania's tiny dots is making the bucketlist of more and more travelers. To reach them, however, it takes a lot of flying just to get your toes in the sand, but thanks to the governments of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands, flying to any one of the islands will be a lot easier with Fly Micronesia.
These island nations plan to collectively create a new airline with connections to Asia, eliminating the need of the bulk of passengers to connect through US ports in Hawaii and Guam (currently served by United's Micronesia unit). Flying a small fleet of Bombardier Q400 prop planes, Fly Micronesia plans to ease the bottleneck to and from the Western edge of the Pacific Islands, reducing some travel times by half depending on the destination.
If all goes to plan, a few off-shore hubs for the airline will be set up in Singapore and the Philippines, feeding more travelers from these larger cities into the small islands of the Micronesia and Palau. Partnering with the likes of Silk Air and Fiji Airways, the new airline will benefit from increased island traffic without testing the limits of their tiny aircraft.
Airline execs hope to have the planes in the skies within 8 months after getting enough cash and clearance for take-off. Initial estimates should have Fly Micronesia checking in their first passengers sometime in May 2014.