|Quoting The777Man (Reply 87):|
I think POM would be way too small to be serviced by EK.n
Agreed to the most extent, but it's primarily on the passenger side where it would be most difficult. A service with no stops enroute DXB
-POM and vv would struggle big time as Papua New Guinea doesn't have anywhe near the best reputation for safety and security, particularly in Port Moresby itself, and in a few regional centres like Mount Hagen, Lae and Bouganville. We often see heightened security alerts for the Bouganville region here in Australia as it all comes down to tensions between villages and tribes.
Passenger numbers from DXB
would be very limited due to the rather small inbound tourist market and potential but it can only grow if Papua New Guinea and the locals actively do something to improve the image of the country and grow the tourist potential. The largest inbound tourist market is well and truly from Australia as we have a strong connection with having fought wih PNG in WW2 and the Kokoda trail - PX
have multi daily flights from BNE
and a few flights each week to SYD
is multi daily from CNS
and VA is 6x weekly from BNE
. This well and truly covers the market for Australian tourists and PNG expats living, working and holidaying in Australia.
could look at a stop in Asia and open a new route into POM from say ICN
would be a formidable opponent on their current monopoly routes to SIN
- PNG locals are very loyal to their own airline, PX
, and EK
might struggle to gain traction with POM originating pax so they would need to chase pax originating in Nth America, Europe and Asia. Then comes the issue of security for their crew, so overnighting would not be ideal - same day in and out like what VA, QFlink and the future services by PR
do would be most appropriate. Any inbound freight would have the biggest potential as the PNG is well and truly a developing market and need the inbound freight as the local market won't be able to supply all of what is needed in the coming years. As for the outbound freight - fresh fruit and vegetables, coffee and other natural resources able be shipped by air could be looked at. A stopover in POM via an Australian stopover for a freighter service would have the best chance of success - I know the PNG market and the like better than most due to my connections still there in PNG.