9 Mar 2006

Longest-serving rural airline in PNG cuts back services

10:24 am on 9 March 2006

The longest-serving aviation company in rural Papua New Guinea, the Missionary Aviation Fellowship, has cut back its services owing to a lack of pilots.

General manager Mike Jelliffe said MAF was not able to meet all flight requests.

Other pilots have since resigned.

He said recruiting was not a straight forward case as those selected had to go through a one year Bible training program before starting on the job.

The Mt Hagen-based airline has been operating in rural PNG for more than 55 years.