By Rayon Lakingu – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Air Sanga has made its second landing after a month at the newly-renovated Hayfield Airstrip at Maprik, in the East Sepik Province.
Maprik MP, John Simon said this time the aircraft will stay and operate out of Maprik District.
The airline company will now have a branch in Maprik, operating from the newly-renovated Hayfield Airstrip.
And to mark 43 years of independence, the District Development Authority will meet half of the airfares set for each destination, which includes Vanimo and Madang.
The first and second landing of the aircraft was a very exciting moment for the people.
Meanwhile, the Member is confident that the move will be beneficial for both the airline company and the people of Maprik.
Although the airstrip has not been officially opened, it has met all the requirements from relevant authorities, including CASA, for it to go into operations.
DDA Acting CEO Joshua Himina said this is a great development, not only for the Maprik district, but also for neighboring districts in the Central Sepik area. The airliner will provide safety and security to all, including business houses, and all those willing and able to purchase tickets.
Air Sanga is a nationally-owned company, and has been in operation for the last seven years.
This will be the first time for the airline to operate out of East Sepik.