AIR NIUGINI EXECUTIVES MEET WITH PALAU PRESIDENT
May 23, 2023
Acting Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gary Seddon and his executives met with Palau President, Surangel Whipps Jr in Port Moresby over the weekend to deliberate on the current Air Niugini flights between PNG and Palau.
Both parties expressed that there are further opportunities to explore to promote the sector, build interest and steadily grow passenger volumes.
They further added that by connecting Pacific Islands to drive trade and tourism, it provides an opportunity for Air Niugini to strengthen its position as a regional airline, supporting the sixth freedom traffic which is the right or privilege of operating scheduled international air services via the home state of the carrier to move traffic between the two states.
Mr Seddon said ‚Äú This is a fantastic opportunity for Air Niugini to participate in an invaluable initiative connecting people across the Pacific. We are honoured to have had the chance to share Air Niugini‚Äôs future plans with the President and his delegation. ‚Äú
‚ÄúThis will further be underpinned by Air Niugini‚Äôs fleet replacement program.‚ÄĚ Mr Seddon added
The sector between PNG and Palau is supported by the Australian Government through an initiative to promote regional connectivity. The Air Niugini PNG/Palau flights commenced in February this year with weekly flights operating every Tuesday from Brisbane via Port Moresby and Koror(Palau).
The Palau President and his delegation were in Port Moresby for the India Pacific Islands Co-operation forum, which ended yesterday.
Corporate Communications Department
Tuesday 23rd May, 2023