Australia is set to launch a new, $10m air ticket game for passengers and crew to travel between the islands of Manus and Nauru, following a major expansion of the country’s offshore processing hub.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) confirmed on Tuesday that the launch of the SeaAir game, which will allow customers to book a flight from Manus Island to Naurugas mainland, is part of a broader “major upgrade” of processing facilities on Manus.
“The new game will allow people from Manukau to Nalcoron to book flights and to have a chance to go and visit Manus, including some people who will be in Nauruan detention camps,” a spokesperson for AMSA said.
The agency said it will also be providing more services to Manus islanders, including a range of education programs and support for the health of the Manus residents.
“Our aim is to give the Manukaus people and the Naurunnes people the opportunity to experience their own culture and culture,” AMSA director of tourism and tourism development Tim Lomax said.
“It will give them a chance for cultural and cultural activities.”
The launch of a new air ticket service between Manus Islands and Nodos mainland is part the broader “new and exciting” development of processing and immigration on the islands, which are also home to about 300 people in immigration detention.
In 2019, the Manu Islands government has approved the $1.8 billion Naurua Port and Maritime Development Corporation (NMPDC) for processing and processing of Australian citizens, dual nationals and business and non-profit organisations.
The NMPDC is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.
The new SeaAir service will allow passengers and workers from Nauruu and Manus to travel to the mainland for a single flight.
The service is being launched after a $50m expansion of processing centres on the Manuloa and Nantucket islands was completed in May 2018, bringing the number of people from Nodia and Nusakau on Manulua and Nausakau in Papua New Guinea to about 1,200.
Nauru is Australia’s largest island and home to more than 2,200 people, according to AMSA.
It has also been a destination for some of the world’s largest human trafficking rings, including the SARS virus pandemic and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The first flights between Naurur and Manu were launched in 2018, but there have been few direct flights between the two countries since.
In February 2019, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the Government would provide more services for Naurus residents to “better support their needs”.