Air Niugini

PX clarifies PNG Air share buy proposal

Air Niugini CEO, Bruce Alabaster, assured that PNG Air will remain a separate corporate entity, maintain its own brand, and that there will not be any job losses.

Alabaster explained these following misconceptions that the proposal was a merger.

Air Niugini CEO, Bruce Alabaster, says the proposal to purchase 40% of NASFUNDs shareholding in PNG Air is just that, and there was no merger.

Mt Hagen flights downgraded

The downgrade is effective as of Wednesday June 10th and will allow the National Airports Corporation (NAC) to carry out maintenance works on the runway.

The runway works will continue for up to three months.

Link PNG now operates up to four daily flights to Mt Hagen - two are operated by the Q400 while the remainder are operated by Dash 8.

 

 

ANG’s first father-son captains

Although they are not on the same aircraft type, their achievement as Papua New Guinean father and son captains is the first for Air Niugini, if not Papua New Guinea. The senior Nonggorr is Captain on the Boeing 767 jet and his son Jason is Captain on the Fokker 100 jet aircraft.

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:   http://www.airniugini.com.pg/travel-advice/ 

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.