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Seddon keen on more international flights to provinces

Air Niugini acting chief executive officer Gary Seddon is optimistic that there will be more international flights scheduled into the provinces in the near future.

This follows a chartered flight flying direct from Australia into Kavieng over the weekend.

Mr Seddon said airports in the country are being upgraded through the Governments investment capacity program called CADIP, funded by the ADB with sustained progress.

“The flight to Kavieng over the weekend was a charter arranged with the airline,”Mr Seddon told the Post-Courier.

“However it’s a charter, so information is limited.

“Flight came in from Australia.

“I would certainly hope that international flights to provinces including Morobe, Milne Bay, Western Highlands and New Ireland, among others, will be scheduled in the near future.

“Yes, it still has some years to run.

“But sustained progress is being made.

“The terminal in Lae is a classic example.

“Air Niugini and other stakeholders are working with the National Airports Corporation to ensure we get investment that we need.”

Mr Seddon added that Air Niugini’s choice of future aircraft is certainly a game changer.

“The Airbus A220 affords greater flexibility. A220 can carry out domestic and international missions, using 30 per cent less fuel than the current Fokker fleet.

“So it’s great for the environment and it can carry more passengers and freight.

It has exceptional range, so it can fly comfortably from Port Moresby to Mt Hagen, and Port Moresby and Sydney or Singapore.”