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Papua New Guinea

9 aircraft
134 staff
213 destinations
107 partner organisations

The Challenge

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is mostly jungle-covered mountains in or swamp. There are very few roads. For many communities, access to medical care requires several days of trekking. In medical emergencies (broken limbs, snake bites, pregnancy and birth complications), getting help without MAF is next to impossible. Likewise, many communities depend on MAF’s air transport for access to school teachers, health programmes and development agencies. By necessity, many landing strips are on mountain ridges or slopes, or are cut out of the thick jungle. They present just one of a multitude of challenges that have deterred other air operators, meaning that much of the eight-million strong PNG population relies on MAF for access to help and hope. With some of the most extreme terrain in the world, combined with unpredictable weather, a MAF pilot’s skills are tested to their limit in PNG.

Our Operation

Our MAF programme in PNG is one of our largest programmes. Every year we fly: • 36,000 passengers within PNG • 250- 300 medical evacuation flights for people living in rural isolation, saving hundreds of lives • Deliver building materials for hospitals and schools • Support and encourage community development by transporting coffee and other produce from remote villages to market

MAF is a lifeline for many PNG nationals, while doctors, teachers and aid workers could not do their work without MAF transporting them over challenging landscape.

In addition to our flight services, MAF’s Technology Services team (known within PNG as CRMF -Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship) provides an HF radio network throughout PNG which typically forms the only communications link to the outside world for the most remote communities. In addition the team installs solar power systems to health centres and community schools. In a country where only 77% of the population have access to electricity, this is life transforming work. The team also provides computer training for indigenous pastors and Biblical resources via radio and wifi.

Quote: ‘The support that MAF gives to communities cannot be overstated. They service isolated communities and enable them to receive basic building materials, teachers, health consumables, medicine and much more. Without MAF we would not have been able to fly into Mougulu and do the work we did.’ Dr Kaspar Puli