Tuvalu. In early March, a new international airport
terminal opened and a few days later it was announced that
Air Kiribati airline would start a flight between Kiribati's
capital Tarawa, located on the atoll of the same name, and
Tuvalu's largest atoll, Funafuti, where the capital
Fongafale is located. According to
Countryaah.com, flights between countries will depart
once a week.
In October, a new system was put into operation to warn
of extremely large ocean waves. The system began to develop
after the tropical cyclone Pam, which in 2015 caused flood
waves that projected into the low-lying atolls and forced
about 300 people to evacuate their homes. In November,
Apisai Ielemia, who was Prime Minister 2006-10, passed away.