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PNG Seeks Codeshare With Fiji Airways

Papua New Guinea is seeking to work actively with Fiji Airways to form codesharing agreements between our national airline and Air Niugini for new and emerging destinations. In particular, they
08 Jan 2016 11:02
PNG Seeks Codeshare With Fiji Airways
Fiji Airways

Papua New Guinea is seeking to work actively with Fiji Airways to form codesharing agreements between our national airline and Air Niugini for new and emerging destinations.

In particular, they are looking at cooperation for destinations in Asia and the USA.

This was highlighted during Papua New Guinea Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru’s official visit to Fiji this week.

Air Niugini is controlled by the Papua New Guinea Government, with aircraft operating international and domestic services. These include a Port Moresby-Honiara-Nadi route.

Mr Maru highlighted that PNG’s economy was highly dependent on oil, LNG and gold but there was also a need to build up a more sustainable and robust economy.

He stressed therefore they are targeting tourism as one such industry and are looking at the Fijian Government and

Fiji in general as role models to build this industry of theirs.

Through such joint agreements, Mr Maru said tourists would also then get connected to Papua New Guinea and Fiji can also target places like Bali, Indonesia, where Air Niugini flies to.

“This is one of the reasons we would like to meet with Fiji Airways and talk about our joint service between Air Niugini and Fiji Airways,” he said.

“It is also so that a lot of the foreign nationals who are working in PNG, especially in our mining projects, can travel back to US and other parts of Europe through Fiji.”

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, yesterday during a press conference, welcomed this move.

Tourism training
Mr Maru has also reached out to the Fijian Government seeking assistance for tourism training for the Papua New Guineans.

“Tourism is in the DNA of the Fijians. We think our students – they need to sell PNG and they need to be trained where best practices are and we are very keen on that,” he said.

“We will write to Fiji to seek assistance for tourism training and that is an important area where we are keen on your assistance.”

 



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