Air Niugini chief executive officer Simon Foo announced his retirement after more than 40 years with PNG’s national carrier.
He started off as trainee traffic officer at Rabaul in 1971 for Trans Australia Airways and was promoted to supervisor when the company came under Air Niugini in 1973, The National reports.
“There have been many highlights but one of the biggest thrills for me was the opportunity to live and work around PNG and overseas,” he said.
Foo said the airline had a critical role in the country through developments at Jackson Airport as the regional hub.
“I would hope, following what the Government wants to do, is that we become a better shareholder and be privatised so that the airline is run as a full business,” he said.
“Then we can take advantage of numerous opportunities, especially our geographical position between Asia and the Pacific and making the airline grow and support the nation’s growth as well.”
Foo said he would spend his retirement back in his home province of East New Britain and expressed his gratitude in serving the people of PNG.