Flights suspended, S.O.E to be declared

Air Nuigini has confirmed that one of its planes suffered damages following a civil unrest in Mendi this afternoon.

The Link PNG DHC -8 aircraft was burned down at the Mendi airport, Southern Highlands Province following an election petition decision.

The aircraft reportedly suffered damages when rioters invaded the tarmac, and National Airports Corporation(NAC) has also closed the airport.

 Link PNG is suspending flights also to Tari and Wapenamanda until further notice, associated with these developments.

Link PNG regrets the inconvenience this may cause to our customers; however safety is always of paramount importance in our operations.

Meantime, the Prime Minister has responded, saying the situation is an absolute disgrace.

He went on to say that a State of Emergency will be declared, and additional security forces will be deployed to prevent further unlawful behaviour.

And emergency meeting of the National Security council will take place tomorrow at 9am to approve emergency arrangements and appropriate laws.

He also called on Southern Highlands Leaders to respect the rule of law, respect court decisions and respect the safety of people and public property.


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