AIR NEW GUINEA EXPLORES FLIGHT ROUTE TO PALAU

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Plans to fly from Palau to Japan, Papua New Guinea, Australia

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon Palau KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Oct. 3, 2011) – On the sideline of the workshop he attended in Japan, Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce Min. Jackson Ngiraingas said he met with the general manager of Air New Guinea that expressed intention to fly into Palau.

Ngiraingas said that the plan is to have regular flights from Palau to Japan, to Papua New Guinea and to Australia.

Ngiraingas said the Air New Guinea is conducting their own research on the possibility of flying here.

"Palau welcomes this new airline and my ministry will do everything to assist the airline to ensure everything goes well," the minister said.

Currently, seven airlines have direct and chartered flights to Palau. Continental Airlines fly nine times a week to and from Palau. Guam-Palau flight is daily while Manila-Palau flight is twice a week.

Fly Guam have twice a week direct flights to Palau while Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Trans Asia and Korean Air have scheduled chartered flights.

Delta Airlines have four times a week direct flight between Narita, Japan and Palau but their flights here are suspended and will reportedly be back in December.

Bureau of Aviation Dir. Charles Obichang earlier disclosed that with almost 30 flights received a week, an expansion of the apron is underway through the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA granted US$13 million to fund the apron expansion, which is expected to be completed by next year or early 2013.

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