LINK PNG received K250,000 from the Enga Provincial Government as part of its first quarter airfare subsidy in April.

Link PNG launched its services at the end of March this year and is a subsidiary of Air Niugini.

Governor Peter Ipatas said airline services were vital for his province as they save time and costs for the people, including public servants who previously had to travel to Mt Hagen to catch flights.

“Instead of a small person traveling on PMV buses from Enga to Mt Hagen to catch the next Air Niugini flight, the subsidies allow for Air Niugini to continue to fly into Wapenamanda so that people can fly direct to Port Moresby,” he said.

“It also saves the public servants time and the costs of hiring vehicles to travel to Mt Hagen.”

In addition, the arrangement stimulates and maintains the economy in Enga province, Mr Ipatas added.

Link PNG chief executive Daniel Wanma said the airline hopes to continue the partnership with the Enga Provincial Government and he hopes the other provincial governments adopt the same arrangement.

“This joint arrangement has worked well for the Enga Province for a long time and we hope other governors adopt the same model,” Mr Wanma said.

Airfare subsidies have been paid by the Enga Provincial Government since 2004.

Flights to Wapenamanda airport are on a daily basis and are operated by Link PNG’s Dash 8 aircraft.