HERE are clear skies ahead for 25 asylum seekers who yesterday left Papua New Guinea for a new life in the US.
The former detainees departed Port Moresby on a Philippine Airlines flight, leaving to start new lives around the US including in Atlanta, Georgia.
Among the first to leave the Manus Island and Nauru centres was Alitya Kumar Akash, originally from Bangladesh, who said he was worried about cold weather in Georgia.
They will first fly to Manila before being transferred to flights bound for the US. Another 27 asylum seekers are expected to depart tomorrow.
The flights come following extensive vetting of the asylum seekers, after the deal struck between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former US president Barack Obama threatened to unwind after the election of Donald Trump.