PNG Air receives K2m boost for Mendi air connectivity

A PNG Air aircraft on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: PNG Air

The PNG Southern Highlands Provincial (SHP) Government has taken a significant stride in fostering enhanced air connectivity within the region.

It has announced the advancement of K2 million to PNG Air, a move designed to subsidize passenger air travel to and from Mendi.

This a is firm move towards fostering improved air connectivity in the Papua New Guinea Southern Highlands Province region, and marks a key waypoint for the region’s transportation infrastructure.

Vision for Socio-Economic Growth

At the core of this initiative lies a multifaceted vision aimed at propelling socio-economic growth within the Southern Highlands Province.

The primary objectives include promoting efficient and affordable connectivity for SHP residents and businesses with the broader Papua New Guinea network.

Additionally, the plan focuses on facilitating market access for local commodities and positioning SHP as an enticing travel destination.


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Brian Fraser, CEO of PNG Air, expresses enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “The partnership with the SHP Government signifies a commitment to regional development and underscores the transformative power of strategic partnerships.”

“We are honored to play a role in advancing socio-economic growth in the Southern Highlands Province.”

Photo Credit: PNG Air

Commitment to Regional Development

Hon. William Powi emphasizes the importance of ensuring vital air services reach Mendi and Moro. He announces a forthcoming press conference with relevant government authorities to outline the next steps that will make air travel in the Southern Highlands Province a reality.

The collaboration between the SHP Government and PNG Air exemplifies a robust public-private partnership, showcasing Hon. William Powi’s dedication to regional development.

This collaboration leverages PNG Air’s extensive air transport network, supported by modern ATR aircraft, to deliver tangible benefits to the people of SHP.

However, the successful commencement of subsidized air travel services hinges on crucial infrastructure improvements at the Mendi airport, a responsibility entrusted to the National Airport Corporation.

Critical Steps for Success

Essential to the initiative’s success is the issuance of Part 139 certification for the Mendi airport by the Civil Aviation Authority.

This certification is a critical step towards realizing the potential of subsidized air travel services, and it is essential to acknowledge the integral role played by these infrastructure enhancements.

The SHP Government expressed gratitude for the continued support from PNG Air and all stakeholders involved.

This endeavor not only aligns with regional development goals but also underscores the commitment to providing efficient and accessible air travel options.

These new options are poised to catalyze growth and development in the Southern Highlands Province, opening up new possibilities for both residents and businesses alike.

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