Many of you will attest to the fact that travelling by air is not cheap. This applies to both domestic and international. The fact that Air Niugini appears to “rule the skies” means that the travelling public has very little choice.
The recent entrance of Philippines Airlines is indeed welcome news on a number of fronts.
Firstly, its entrance opens doors for more competition especially with Air Niugini. The more competition we have, the economics of travelling by air indicates that airfares are likely to drop. How much it drops by is unknown but the PNG travelling public will no doubt accept any drop.
Secondly, the Port Moresby – Manila route certainly opens doors for Papua New Guineans to explore a country that has hardly been on the list of “Go to” places. Many Papua New Guineans seem to have been restricted to Australia but that is about to change. We hope it changes because one of the beauties of travel is exploring another place, people and its culture. The experience can change the way we look at others as well as ourselves.
Thirdly, Philippines Airlines’ entrance in Papua New Guinea puts more confidence up in the skies, especially the route to Papua New Guinea. A couple of decades ago, Port Moresby’s Jacksons International Airport was often glittered with Airlines of different nations coming in different colours. It was indeed a truly colourful sight to see so many different airlines carrying passengers to the land of the unexpected for business or for leisure. That, as we all know has changed in an unlikely way. But, Philippines Airlines entrance adds that hope of a resurgence.
For the time being, Manila looks to be on the options list for Papua New Guineans to travel to. Why Manila? Lonely Planet’s top 10 reasons to travel to Manila is a good start.
Here they are
1. Spanish heritage in Intramuros
2. World-class museums
3. Walking and cycling tours
4. Art galleries
5. Chinatown and unusual cemeteries
7. Heritage hotels and budget boutique
9. Day trips and city breaks