Pilots’ termination stay orders served on PX

Orders issued by the Waigani National Court on Friday, Oct 7 have been served to the Air Niugini management says lawyer Moses Murray.

Murray successfully obtained a stay order against the termination of eight national pilots after they filed an application seeking leave of court for a judicial review on their termination. Leave was granted on Friday.

Speaking to Loop PNG from Wewak today, he said the orders were served on the Air Niugini Management on Tuesday however could not confirm if his clients had been put back on the roster for work.

He was however informed by his clients that the pilot who was evicted from Air Niugini’s accommodation was called in by the management.

According to reliable sources from Air Niugini, the pilots’ have not been reinstated to their jobs.

Captains Joseph Kumasi , Vincent Tonga , Norman Daniel, Boris Ageda, Benjamin Lopa, and First Officers  Elijah Yuangi, David Seken ,and Abel Kanego were terminated by the Air Niugini management between Sept 1 and 15 over allegations of misconduct.

First Officer David Seken was evicted from the Air Niugini accommodation on Sept 30.

The court on Friday issued an order to Air Niugini to allow him to return to his place of residence until further orders of the court.

Their lawyer will has 21 days from Oct 7 to file the review documents. They are expected back in court on Nov 7.


Sally Pokiton