AIR NIUGINI MANAGING DIRECTOR OGIL SUSPENDED

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 22, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The managing director of Air Niugini, Andrew Ogil, has been suspended.

The board of PNG's national airline suspended Mr. Ogil -- and an unnamed expatriate manager -- following allegations in Parliament about losses made by the airline.

It's been alleged the expatriate -- an Australian -- incurred unnecessary costs of AUS$ 7 million (US$ 4 million) over the past year.

An external audit will be conducted.

Meanwhile, trade unions are calling for the suspension of the Air Niugini board and for a commission of inquiry into the airline's affairs.

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