by Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby
Travel Air, also known as Mangi Lo Peles, has officially launched its services to Alotau in Milne Bay Province.
The company will operate flights to Gurney Airport three times a week. Flights are scheduled for Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Yesterday, the airline’s Fokker 50 aircraft made its inaugural flight to Alotau. Onboard the plane was company owner Chairman Eremas Wartoto, senior managers, staff and media. They were welcomed at Gurney Airport by Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon and a host of Trobriand Island dance groups.
During the launching, Mr Wartoto said airfares are very expensive in PNG and his company is determined to provide cheap fares to ordinary Papua New Guineans.
“Mangi Lo Peles is an alternate airline providing cheap fares and we urge people to fly with us” Mr Wartoto said. He said running an airline company is not easy but they have managed to come this far.
First officer Captain Immanuel Kadiko encouraged everyone to consider Travel Air when booking flights. Governor Philemon welcomed the airline to the province, saying it will create competition in the air transport sector.
Mr Philemon said the province will host the canoe and kundu festival next week and Travel Air’s arrival is exceptional for transporting people to the event.
The Alotau Chamber of Commerce was also pleased with the management of Travel Air for opening the Alotau route.
It’s the eleventh port now serviced by Travel Air.