FSM Government and Air Niugini to share cost

The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia has agreed to share the cost with Air Niugini to make the Port Moresby – Pohnpei route sustainable.

Air Niugini will commence weekly air services twice between Port Moresby and FSM, starting on December 3.

The inaugural and test flight was done last week where the state-owned airline management and board received the Foreign Air Carrier Permit from FSM President Peter Christian.

“So that the financial risks associated with a new international service can be managed, Air Niugini has asked the FSM Government to share the risk involved in establishing this new air service,” Air Niugini chairman Sir Frederick Reiher said.   

“I am delighted that the President and his government responded positively to our request, and have agreed to provide a firm response when the (FSM) financial year begins in October.”

Sir Frederick said Air Niugini would work closely with the FSM Government, business community and tourism sector, to ensure the new service is a success, and particularly help develop the island nation’s significant tourism potential.

Caption: File picture of the inaugural flight to FSM last week. 

Charles Yapumi