O’Neill wants direct flights to Thailand


PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has raised the prospect of establishing direct flights from Papua New Guinea to Thailand.
In a meeting with Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Air Marshall Prajin Juntong on the sidelines of the Apec Leaders’ Summit in Lima last week, O’Neill said as trade and tourism continued to expand, the new air link would be viable.
He raised the prospect of Thailand purchasing LNG production from Papua New Guinea and establishing greater co-operation on fisheries.
O’Neill said the prospect of direct flights between PNG and Thailand would create increased business travel and tourism, and would have the potential for the movement of fisheries and agricultural produce.
“There is increased business between our two countries, and it is time we conducted a thorough feasibility assessment on the viability of a new air link,” he said.
“Demand is increasing on current Asian routes and is bringing in greater business and tourism with hubs that include Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila and Bali.”
He said increased trade and investment with Thailand was increasing in the fisheries sector.
“We are pleased to see growing fisheries sector investment from Thailand in our country,” he said.
“There are areas where we can see improvements needed, including the greater use of PNG staff in the production process.”

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