LOCAL airline Travel Air, owned by East New Britain businessman Eremas Wartoto, is stepping up to help needy air travellers with free tickets.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up,” Wartoto.
Lucy Elphis, an elderly mother of four from Southern Highlands, was so grateful that Wartoto was at the right place at the right time to aid her.
Elphis had encountered problems with airfares for her return trip from Port Moresby to Mt Hagen.
Founder and chairman of the newly established domestic airline dubbed as Mangi Lo Peles, Wartoto gave away a free ticket to the young mother as part of the new programme called the Mangi Lo Peles Halivim Fare.
Ready to board…From left are First officer Suhaimi Ibrahim, cabin crew Carol Kilik, Mrs Elphis, Mr Wartoto, Capt Adrian Joseph , cabin crew Georgina Mariwanjik , and Hagen Port Manager Mr James Kops
Elphis was the first recipient of the free ticket under this new programme.
The programme will help ordinary citizens who, because of unfortunate situations cannot afford their own fares to destinations of their preferences.
“The Mangi Lo Peles Halivim Fare will be prearranged for those in the category that has been seen for such assistance to change their lives for the better, providing hope where there seems to be no other way to,” Wartoto said.
“The underprivileged individuals must present their case with evidence to port managers on each domestic hub and they will only be considered eligible after their problems are wisely assessed.
“Travel Air management, upon evaluating their problem, will offer assistance to those individuals with criteria that will be fitting for that cause.
“A year has passed and Travel Air is generating remarkable favours with the ordinary citizens of this country.”