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ASPA: groping for cooperation. (Association of South Pacific Airlines)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New GuineaThe prime aim of the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) ". . . to promote cooperation among member airlines for the development of commercial aviation within, to and from the South Pacific region" is proving difficult to achieve. At the ASPA general meeting here in November, Chairman Paul Aisa, personnel director of Air Niugini, expressed "great concern to see that the true spirit of cooperation is not practiced in the region."

He said that, "there is bitter friction between some of the airlines," adding that the absence of representatives of more than two thirds of the membership, which has fallen from 22 airlines to 16, "may be a reflection of this noncooperation." But Secretary General George Faktaufon was more inclined to ascribe the absences to the very problem that the association is seeking to solve-the poor air communications between the various South Pacific island nations. …

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