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Solomon Airlines to take tough stand on 'no shows' 26/11/2008

Solomon Airlines says is getting tough with domestic travellers who make reservations and fail to turn up for their flights.

The airline says it's incurring the cost of often carrying empty seats when they could have been sold to other passengers.

A statement from the airline's general manager commercial services, Gus Kraus, says they have decided to crack down on travellers who don't show up, because the practice is more common across the Christmas period.

He says it's unfair that some people miss out on flights when aircraft seats are left empty.

'Each airline identifies their overbooking profiles and for us we're trying to overbook by two people, so that accounting for the 20 percent no show, we might be lucky to go out with couple of empty seats. But the reality is this days it user pays and we want the public to understand."

The 'no show' fee of $US14 will be effective from the first of December.

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