DIRECT flights between Port Moresby and the Losuia airport in Kiriwina, one of the Trobriand group of Islands in Milne Bay, were officially launched by Air Niugini subsidiary Link PNG in April.

Air Niugini/Link PNG chairman Sir Frederick Reiher Sir Frederick said Link PNG was happy to be able provide these services to people in remote areas, adding that the inclusion of Losuia airport now brings the total Link PNG destinations to 14.

“Like most parts of Milne Bay, Kiriwina does have a lot to provide in terms of district services and tourism,” he said.

“Your many beautiful islands are just breathtaking, marine life together with your lively, preserved culture provides a lot for tourists to see and experience.”

“Link PNG is happy that it is now able to connect your island to the rest of the country,” he said.

In launching the service, Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investment Ben Micah commended Link PNG for ensuring that remote and less profitable routes are not only maintained but progressively expanded to meet the growing transport needs of the country.

“Link PNG’s focus is to ensure regular, reliable , safe and affordable services to the more remote parts of Papua New Guinea and it’s great to see Link PNG connecting this beautiful part of the country to the rest of Papua New Guinea,” he said.

Scheduled flights operate twice a week, every Monday and Friday.

In addition to the Losuia service, Link PNG has also introduced its daily services to Kiunga, Hagen and Lae via Rabaul.

The airline is also planning to expand its services to other smaller airports in New Britain, New Ireland, Sandaun, East Sepik, Oro and Morobe Provinces, the company said.

All Link PNG services are operated by the airline’s Dash 8 fleet.