27 Dec 2007

PNG province to buy plane to service remote areas

2:12 pm on 27 December 2007

The government in Papua New Guinea's Sandaun province is to use a plane to improve transport links from its isolated regions to the capital, Vanimo.

Pacific Magazine reports that Sandaun has announced it intends spending two million US dollars next year to fund the operation of a Twin Otter aircraft.

The money is to come out of the discretionary development grants given to the province's four MPs.

The aircraft will be bought and passed on to the Mission Aviation Fellowship to operate.

The plane will give villagers access to Vanimo and the coastal district centre, Aitape.

The move follows that of the Fellowship teaming up last year with the PNG Sustainable Development Program Company to provide an aircraft to serve the rural population in Western province.