By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
PNG Air is planning to extend its flight operations to other domestic and overseas markets.
Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Abbot, told EMTV News that improving the domestic market is a core business for PNG Air and is about people connecting people.
“PNG Air is confident in providing affordable services to customers,” he said.
Kieta in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is the next target destination for the domestic market.
Abbot, in giving an overview of the Rabaul-Buka and Kieta sector, said plans are in place to open flight operations after arrangemen’s are finalised with landowners, the Autonomous Bougainville Government and government authorities.
“We are potentially moving into Kieta soon after we finalise everything. We want to bring service back to the people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
“We do understand the issues so we will have close consultations with the landowners and those responsible agencies to ensure that we connect our people in Bougainville,” Abbot said.
PNG Air operates to Buka and has a sales office also in Arawa Town, Central Bougainville. With operations in Aropa, it will complement the service and make it easier for passengers booked under PNG Air to access the service at Aropa-Kieta.
Abbot said that PNG Air is trying to explore business differently and identify the areas where there are needs.
“We are also flying to Vanimo, which the airline has not done for some time. We will have changes to our domestic schedule in April or May,” he added.
The Mt Hagen to Jayapura international service is next, something the airline is still finalising.
“We are looking on international services from Mt Hagen to Jayapura in Indonesia, so we are progressing well.”
Abbot said PNG Air would continue to expand the domestic network with its cost effective and efficient service to the people of Papua New Guinea.
“For us it’s about extending the domestic network. It is about supporting the people of Papua New Guinea with cost effective and efficient service,” he said.
PNG Air management thanked airline staff for the success of the airline company.