Papua New Guinea has again strengthened its bilateral ties in the aviation industry with Indonesia.
The comes after the green light was given to airline operator, PNG Air, to commence its commercial flights into Jayapura, Indonesia, starting in 2017.
This also comes at a time, when the airline operator is celebrating its first anniversary.
While its good news for the airline company, Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Abbot also predicts that this new international route will bring more benefits in business and tourism.
“Its been a while in the making, we applied some time ago, and we have now been successful with the application.
“But the plan at this stage, that commencing on February 1 next year, tri- weekly international service, linking Mount Hagen to Jayapura.
The business and support plan are now finalised to allow this service to resume.
“There has been a huge amount of support from the traveling public, the business houses who are looking forward with the opportunity to expand business, holidays etc.
“We believe its going to be a valuable addition to our schedule,” he said.
National Civil Aviation Minister, Davis Steven told EMTV News that they were satisfied with PNG Air’s proposal to operate the PNG/Jayapura sector.
The Minister responsible says this services is sustainable and will bring many benefits to the airline operator, the people and the governments of both countries.