ANG excess baggage rates increase

Air Niugini customers, both domestic and international travellers, must be prepared to pay more for excess baggage.

Just recently the travelling public found out that they have had to pay up to 3 times more than what they usually pay.

According to Air Niugini’s current website under the checked baggage section, the allowable weight per passenger (infants not included) is 20kg for business class, 29kg for executive club members and 16kg for economy class.

A reliable source within Air Niugini says the fees for excess baggage have now changed from the usual K7 per kg fee.

“Air Niugini is charging in zones now,” reveals the source.

Passengers travelling from Port Moresby to Buka had to pay K25 per kg after going over the 16kg limit.

A passenger travelling to Vanimo with excess of 33kg ended up paying K825 – the rate of that route being K25/kg.

Another confirmed paying K150 for 10kg of excess (rate K15/kg) from Daru to Port Moresby.

Below are the confirmed rates per zone:

Excess Rate Per Kilogram




POM/CMU (Kundiawa)

POM/UNG (Kiunga)

POM/BUA (Buka)

POM/GKA (Goroka)

POM/HKN  (Hoskins)

POM/KIE (Kieta)


POM/WWK (Wewak)

POM/RAB (Rabaul)


POM/ WBM (Wapenamanda)

POM/KVG (Kavieng)


POM/MDU (Mendi)

POM/MAS (Manus)


POM/HGN (Mt Hagen)

POM/TBG (Tabubil)



POM/LNV (Londolovit)


Meantime, Loop PNG is still awaiting a response from Air Niugini’s public relations unit in regards to the reason behind the increase.

Loop PNG has also been reliably informed that Air Niugini is using a new flight system, the SABRE system, which stands for Semi Automated Business Research Environment.

According to its website, the Sabre Global Distribution System, owned by Sabre Holdings, is used by travel agents around the world for fully integrated airline reservations system with advanced customer management tools from reservations, product merchandising, inventory and ticketing.

Meredith Kuusa