Green light for new PNG air links to Brisbane

4:33 pm on 10 August 2015

Papua New Guinea's national planning minister has announced the approval of direct flights to Brisbane from the PNG urban centres of Alotau and Mt Hagen.

PNG Loop reports Charles Abel saying that Cabinet has endorsed direct flights linking Australia with the capitals of PNG's Milne Bay and Western Highlands provinces.

Both provinces are leading hubs within PNG's tourism sector.

The minister says the flights will be supported by visa on arrival for Australian tourists.

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades