21 Jan 2009

PNG businesses in East New Britain are suffering because of flights problems

12:01 pm on 21 January 2009

Hotels, lodges, resorts and catering service providers have been the worst hit, as flights into Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province remain suspended due to prolonged volcanic ash falls over Tokua.

John Bosco, an executive councillor and secretary for the office of PNG Growers' Association, told the National newspaper the main clients for such businesses are people on business trips and holiday-makers.

However, while normal business operations in the province were said to be flowing unhindered, those operating between East New Britain and other provincial centres are badly affected.

RabaulTravelodge manager, Tim Wilson said there's been no tourists in the area for a fortnight.