Beran team happy with AMI

Beran Island resort staff Chris Abrahams (middle) and Nuguro Prayinto (far right) with visitors and AMI first officer Ngaaia Tioti (third from left) and flight attendant Lucas Maddison (second from right) at the Woja, Ailinglaplap airport runway. Behind them is AMI’s Dash-8. CEO and Captain Albon was in the cockpit monitoring the right side engine, which on all outer islands flights is kept running to avoid batteries overheating from multiple engine starts. Photo: Angus Sheridan.

Beran Island, the resort island founded by Martin Daly of Indies Trader on Ailinglaplap Atoll, has come rocketing out of the pandemic and recently wrapped up a hugely successful return season.

Daly who personally helmed the efforts onsite to get the resort fully functional after the nearly three year forced-closure caused by the Covid pandemic, was over the moon to be back in business. 

“We’re so happy and excited to be back representing the Marshall Islands on the global tourism stage,” he told the Journal. “This has only been possible via a huge effort from all our staff on the island and in Majuro and the valuable support of the community on Ailinglaplap.”

In addition, Daly singled out AMI for praise.

“We do however have to pass on an extra massive thanks to CEO Albon Jelke, Kathleen deBrum and the team at AMI who supported our operation with an incredible 100 percent success rate on guest transfer,” Daly said. “It is no mean feat operating an on-time air transfer schedule in a remote location like the RMI, but AMI smashed it out of the park this year. In fact when United cancelled a flight delaying our guests’ entry to the RMI, Air Marshall Islands were even able to run a make up flight the following day despite the packed schedule it had.”

Fresh off this successful “re-start” season, Beran Island is now preparing to continue the rebuild for the 2023-24 surf season and it is hoping to show even more people the amazing natural environment that the RMI has on offer for visitors. Historically, the Beran Island resort opens late in the year and runs until April.


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