For flight services to operate soon to Nissan Island, it is a blessing for islanders, because for years they risked their lives travelling by sea to Buka.
It’s a relief for them now that they can travel by air.
The announcement to operate flights to Nissan Island was made recently by Civil Aviation Minister, Davis Steven.
According to Annirose Reman, an islander and student of Holy Cross High School, the air service is a blessing for them.
Miss Reman said that traveling by sea is a risky business for the Nissan Islanders.
Although it has become part of their daily routine due to the unavailability of other mode of transport, they take the risks.
However since news of the air services to resume, it has brought tears of joy.
“Because it will help us the Nissan islanders, to make it easy for us, because we always take the risk.”
George Mobin a local, and teacher, said that the air services will enable the movement of passenger and cargoes.
“That should assist those who want to visit Nissan island.
Institutions like schools will be benefiting from air services because they have suffered due to its isolation.
Alfred Sagolo who is the Head Teacher for Holy Cross High School said that it’s a relief for the school.
“It will really help the movement of students. Students will find it easy to travel in and out of Nissan. Many students and teachers will now come here.”
“Not many people came to visit us here. Even people from the education department at the national and Bougainville administration. But we cannot force them. So we teachers already on the ground have to ensure we continue to education our children.”
The National Airports Corporation has already begun its work on the airstrip.
Last week the technical team visited the site.