In a statement, the airline said: “Since the eruption of Mt Ulawun on Wednesday 26th June, Hoskins Airport was closed for operations and Air Niugini was forced to suspend all flights to and from Hoskins. Some flights were cancelled, whilst others were re-routed and re-timed to bypass Hoskins.
“Although daily flights will resume Sunday, there will be no aircraft overnighting in Hoskins just yet.”
Meanwhile, Air Niugini will resume Fokker 70 jet operations to Manus Island commencing this Monday 01st July following the completion of runway maintenance works by the National Airports Corporation.
The runway at Manus was shortened in December last year whilst NAC carried out the necessary maintenance work, therefore Air Niugini was required to downsize all Manus flights to smaller Dash 8 aircraft operated by their sister company, Link PNG.
“From Monday Air Niugini will operate daily flights to Manus on Fokker 70 aircraft - three flights per week will be via Kavieng, two via Madang, one via Lae, and one direct flight.
“Air Niugini is looking forward to resuming our daily jet services to Manus, and very much appreciates the support and understanding of our customers and the Manus community over the last six months.”