PNG GOVERNMENT URGED TO LOOK AT AIRLINE CONCERNS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 19, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)----The Papua New Guinea Government has been urged to seriously look into the concerns of the general aviation industry about what it describes as the increasing cost of doing business and the deterioration in the quality of services provided by the Office of Civil Aviation.

Graham Hawthorne, Chairman of the PNG Air Safety Committee and Secretary of the Aviation Industry Representatives Board, told the National Tourism Conference in Madang that the future looked bleak for third-level operators due to rising costs and defective services.

"The Aviation Representatives Board of Papua New Guinea has for many years endeavored to highlight to various government departments, authorities and regulatory bodies the deteriorating standards which relate directly to operating cost increases in respect to the operation of aircraft in PNG domestic airspace,'' he said.

He said these areas included the deteriorating services provided by the office of Civil Aviation, navigation aids, air traffic control, damaging comments made by foreign Civil Aviation authorities, comments by the International Civil Aviation Organization and other international civil aviation organizations on PNG airspace standards and operations by reputable industry magazines, runway maintenance and standards, spiraling insurance premiums, weather forecasting at destination and alternate airports and air traffic services.

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