Cutting down travel costs from Wabag to Mt Hagen, to access Air Niugini flights, is the main aim for Enga Governor, Peter Ipatas.
Governor Ipatas presented his first quarterly subsidy to the Air Niugini Executive Team this morning.
This will see an increased number of Air Niugini flights between Port Moresby and Wapenamanda.
The subsidy of K200, 000 to Air Niugini is to continue flights into Wapenamanda in the Enga Province.
This is the first payment for a total yearly subsidy worth K1 million.
Governor Ipatas says it’s aimed at making his people, mostly subsistence farmers, have access to vegetable markets and other business spin-offs in Port Moresby.
One major advantage, he says is that it will cut down the traveling time and costs incurred from Wabag to Mt Hagen, which is a two hours’ drive.
Governor Ipatas said it’s also good for stakeholders when doing business in the province as they get to fly into Wapenamanda, instead of transiting through Mt Hagen, as he says most fear the possibility of being attacked along the Highlands Highway.
With the gradual increase number of educational institutions in the province, Governor Ipatas says, the added flights will cater for the traveling public.
Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer Simon Foo was pleased with the Governor for his annual commitment as Enga Provincial Government was one of the first to enter into such arrangements.
With the subsidy in place, there are 6 flights from Port Moresby to Wapenamanda.
In the long run, Air Niugini aims to make it daily flights.
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