Air Niugini

Update on Air Niugini services

“We are operating services to almost all domestic ports, at least once every day, and Controller approval for travel is no longer required,” said the airline.   

“We have scheduled services to the border ports of Daru, Kiunga, Vanimo, Buka and Wewak but these require the SOE Controller’s approval in advance. Tabubil and Lihir airports remain closed to scheduled passenger flights.

“Internationally, Air Niugini maintains its flights to Cairns, Brisbane and Singapore. The outbound flights to these three ports do not require approval.

Dash 8 to service Kavieng

The Dash 8 operations have commenced today (Friday 1st May) and will continue for the rest of the month.

“Air Niugini will be operating five weekly services to Kavieng on Dash 8 aircraft on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with flights via Rabaul on certain days,” stated the airline.

“Air Niugini regrets the inconvenience this may cause to the traveling public, however the situation is beyond the airline’s control.

“We expect to return to our usual Fokker jet services by the end of this month.”

ANG flights only to Brisbane, Cairns, Singapore

In a statement, the airline said scheduled flights to other locations are not approved under the present SoE Controller directives.

“All international flights will continue to depart from, and arrive at the normal international terminal. No persons meeting incoming passengers will be permitted around the terminal area.” 

Passengers wishing to return to PNG must adhere to the following process;

Update on ANG domestic travel

Valid photo identification card is, as always, still required.

The Domestic Travel Application Form is not required for passengers leaving PNG on international flights.

The Domestic Travel Application Form and instructions on how to complete the approval process can be obtained at any Air Niugini Sales Offices or downloaded from the airline’s website: 

ANG beefs up safety measures

In a statement, ANG says this is in support of the national government’s efforts to mitigate the risks of the spread of COVID-19.

Air Niugini confirmed that temperature checks are being carried out on all passengers prior to every flight and the airline was supplying all passengers with facemasks and hand sanitisers. Health information cards are also provided for passengers to fill in prior to taking a flight.

ANG clears misconceptions

This statement was made to correct many misconceptions by the general public.

ANG’s inbound international flights only airlift cargo, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other associated medical equipment as so directed by the Government.

“We are not carrying passengers on inbound flights unless they are part of the Government’s efforts and are medical and critical personnel to tackle the coronavirus issues,” stated the airline.

PX to recommence domestic services

The decision to recommence domestic services follows advice yesterday from the National Government lifting the two-week lockdown period for domestic travel on 06th April.

Air Niugini is rolling out additional safeguards on all domestic flights to avoid the chance of COVID 19 being carried, and further enhanced requirements in the border provinces of Vanimo, Sandaun Province and Daru in Western Province. This will include heightened security and health checks at these airports. 

Air Niugini bans international passengers

“There will be exceptions,” he said. “Passengers will be limited to critical emergency personnel, diplomatic staff, medical experts, and advisers required by Papua New Guinea to maintain our capacity to fight the coronavirus pandemic,” he said. “Essential airline staff will also be allowed to travel so that domestic flights can continue.

“It is not practical to stop inbound flights altogether – to do so would jeopardise the fight against the pandemic and put Papua New Guineans in unacceptable danger.

PX turns around K133 loss into modest profit

The profit was announced at the end of the 2019 financial year; a historical turning point for the national airline as they undertook a massive transformation.

Although the operating profit is only K500,000, the achievement is off the back of a loss of K133 million the previous financial year.

This impressive turnaround follows the implementation of significant initiatives including the Higher Altitude program that reviewed the business’ cost control, revenue opportunities, customer service improvements and operations.

Fokker jet service into Tokua halted

In a statement, Air Niugini says this is due to the current runway upgrade by the National Airports Corporation (NAC) which commenced on Monday 24th February.

“The runway upgrade was initially planned to take place on March 9th, 2020, however following heavy rains, the works commenced earlier than the initial set date.