Pres­i­den­tial visit

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Peter Chris­tian, the pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia (FSM), vis­ited Port Moresby re­cently and met with the heads of Air Ni­ug­ini and the Na­tional Air­ports Cor­po­ra­tion.

They dis­cussed sev­eral is­sues re­lat­ing to the air­line in­dus­try, in­clud­ing Air Ni­ug­ini’s new flights to Pohn­pei and Chuuk in FSM.

The pres­i­dent ac­knowl­edged Air Ni­ug­ini for pro­vid­ing the ser­vice be­tween FSM and Port Moresby and con­firmed his gov­ern­ment’s sup­port. “We are ex­tremely happy with this new ser­vice and my gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work with Air Ni­ug­ini to en­sure the route is sus­tain­able.”

Air Ni­ug­ini chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Si­mon Foo, says de­mand for the Port Moresby– FSM route is in­creas­ing and that the air­line will con­tinue to work closely with the FSM gov­ern­ment, busi­ness com­mu­nity and the tourism sec­tor to en­sure the new ser­vice grows to the next level.

Na­tional Air­ports Cor­po­ra­tion act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Richard Yopo, says the re­cent up­grade at Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional air­port pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive gate­way be­tween the Pa­cific, Aus­tralia and Asia. PNG, as a na­tion and a good neigh­bour, will do all it can to fa­cil­i­tate and in­crease flights to other Pa­cific is­lands out of Port Moresby, mak­ing it eas­ier for pas­sen­gers to trans­fer be­tween the ma­jor cen­tres of the Pa­cific, Aus­tralia and Asia, he says. ■

See our story on page 50, ‘Grave­yard of ships, planes’, about div­ing in Chuuk La­goon in FSM.

We are ex­tremely happy with this new ser­vice (to Mi­crone­sia) and my gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work with Air Ni­ug­ini to en­sure the route is sus­tain­able.

Top- level trio … (from left) Na­tional Air­ports Cor­po­ra­tion act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Richard Yopo, FSM pres­i­dent, Peter Chris­tian, and Air Ni­ug­ini chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Si­mon Foo.

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