AUSTRALIA and Papua New Guinea have strengthened aviation ties with the signing of a new air service agreement in Port Moresby.
Infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester said the agreement formalised a legal framework fit for the modern aviation environment.
“It is important Australia sustains strong connections with its closest neighbour and with Pacific nations more broadly,” Mr Chester said.
“Air travel supports future tourism and trade opportunities for both countries and brings our nations closer together.”
Mr Chester said Australia and Papua New Guinea exchanged $5.3m in merchandise trade in 2016 and air freight played a key role.
“It was great to meet with my counterpart, Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Westly Nukundi Nukundj, to sign this agreement,” he said.
“I look forward to welcoming even more of our Papua New Guinean friends to our country in coming years, and the benefits those visitors will bring to local businesses.”