By PETER ESILA
AIR Niugini will be introducing tourist-oriented getaway fares to encourage more domestic travel, says chief executive officer Bruce Alabaster.
Alabaster disclosed this during the inaugural Boeing 737 flight to Gurney Airport in Milne Bay last Friday.
“This is specifically to stimulate the domestic tourism market at a time when the cruise ships are able to come here,” he said.
Retired Emirates airline Captain Timothy Narara said domestic tourism would generate revenue.
“The inaugural flight shows to the rest of the country that the Government has realised the potential of Milne Bay and its need for a larger aircraft to cater for its requirements,” he said.
“Milne Bay is leading the way in tourism in the country and while the Covid-19 has restricted that in some way, the Tourism Bureau is busy in anticipation for the return to normalcy.
“The fact that the B737 was flown in by two pilots of Milne Bay heritage – first officer Bernice Watinga and Capt Moses Padigaga – speaks volumes about the potential we have in producing some great professionals who can contribute to the growth of the nation.”
According to the Tourism Promotion Authority, Milne Bay’s main tourist attraction is its diving facilities.