There is an increasing demand for Air Niugini’s service between Port Moresby, Pohnpei and Chuuck, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
This is the result of a meeting between Air Niugini CEO Simon Foo, FSM President Peter Christian, and National Airports Corporation (NAC) Acting Managing Director Richard Yopo, back in June. The three leaders discussed several airline industry-related topics, including Papua New Guinea’s national carrier Air Niugini. In December 2016, Air Niugini launched flights to FSM, operating twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday.
President Christian acknowledged Air Niugini’s service and confirmed his government’s support: “We are extremely happy about this new service, and my government will continue working with Air Niugini to ensure the route is sustainable.”
“The route is picking up nicely, and we collaborate closely with those responsible to grow the market,” commented Foo. “Similar to Papua New Guinea, FSM has huge tourism potential, and it is part of our efforts to increase the volume of travelers visiting our two countries.”
According to NAC Acting Managing Director, Richard Yopo, the recent upgrade of facilities at Jacksons International airport, provide an alternative gateway between the Pacific, Australia and Asia. Papua New Guinea, as a nation and a good neighbor, in the region, will do all it can to facilitate and increase flights to other Pacific Islands out of Port Moresby, making it easier for passengers to transfer between the major hubs in the Pacific, Australia and Asia.