4 Nov 2008

Competition in PNG's aviation industry is at full throttle

12:06 pm on 4 November 2008

Competition in Papua New Guinea's aviation industry is at full throttle with the Government looking at bringing in another international airline - Sky Air World - next month.

The Post Courier reports that Civil Aviation Authority boss Joseph Kintau made the announcement in Port Moresby following the start of an Airlines PNG and Pacific Blue airlines Port Moresby-Brisbane service yesterday.

He says Sky Air World wants to run a route from Brisbane, Cairns to Gurney and to other tourist destinations.

Mr Kintau says they are asking for subsidy, landing fees and route fees.

He says the Government hopes to open the international airport by December 5 at Gurney and do a trial run.

Sky Air World is an Australian-based airliner which operates to Solomon Islands and Fiji and within Australia.

PNG-based Airlines PNG and Pacific Blue airlines started their inaugural service with Pacific Blue's Boeing 737-800 aircraft landing at Port Moresby's Jackson International Airport.

The inaugural service was for the Port Moresby to Brisbane, Australia, route.