Better connections to Palau in the offing


<p style="text-align: justify;">Papua New Guinea’s flag carrier Air Niugini is considering plans to join some very interesting dots on the region’s map. It is looking at the possibility of flying to Palau, making connectivity with Micronesia a shade better. <!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">One of the logistic challenges in the region has been travelling to Micronesia from both Polynesia and Melanesia.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">However, the sub-region is well served by air services from outside the Forum Islands area. For instance, Continental Airlines flies nine times a week connecting it to US destinations and there are daily flights from Hagatna in Guam and twice weekly flights from Manila. Additionally, Fly Guam serves Palau twice a week while Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Trans Asia and Korean Air have scheduled chartered flights.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Air Niugini’s plans are to connect Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the Forum Island nations better with Micronesia, particularly Palau. Last week, PNG Commerce Minister Jackson Ngiraingas said the plan was to have “regular flights” from Palau to Japan connecting with Papua New Guinea and beyond to Australia.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Meanwhile, Palau is in the process of strengthening and expanding its airport infrastructure. The US Federal Aviation Administration has granted US$13 million to for the projects expected to be completed by 2013.</p>
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