Airline to serve remote areas

The National,Tuesday June 14th, 2016

PUBLIC Enterprise and State Investments Minister William Duma says the rationale behind the establishment of Air Niugini’s subsidiary Link PNG was to service remote areas of the country.
Duma told Parliament recently that Link PNG was only into its first year of operation and had plans to service rural airstrips once its properly established.
He said this in response to Nuku MP Joe Sungi who asked if Link PNG would extend services to rural districts such as Nukuk.
Sungi said he understood that if airlines extended services to rural areas, their airstrips would be upgraded by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Duma said: “The rational for Link PNG was to establish itself and provide that service to rural remote areas, in most cases where they are not profitable to a airline company.
“Air Niugini being owned the people saw the need and decided to set up the company.
“Link PNG is only into its first year of operation and the plan is for it to be properly established and then link other centres.
“I can inform the member that at this stage, Link PNG is yet to serve rural areas and that is the long term plan.
“Airlines PNG is also majority owned by PNG shareholders, there is some communication going on between the two airlines. They jointly serve the interest of our rural people.”