Air Niugini

No COVID-19 tests on arrival: ANG

This was effective Friday 05th August.

PNG Pandemic Controller and Police Commissioner, David Manning, issued the latest Pandemic Order no. 2 on Friday, which removes all requirements for COVID-19 tests on arrival in the country.

All Air Niugini inbound passengers from Australia, Asia and the Pacific can now travel into Port Moresby without having to do any COVID-19 tests on arrival.

Air Niugini To Resume Fokker Jet Services To Kavieng

Air Niugini will operate daily Fokker jet services between Port Moresby and Kavieng, as well as connecting the provincial capital of New Ireland with Rabaul, Hoskins, Lae, Manus Island and Buka. 

The resumption of Fokker flights follows the completion of runway maintenance and upgrading works by the National Airports Corporation (NAC). 
Since the works on the airport runway commenced over a year ago, Air Niugini has been operating to Kavieng using smaller Dash-8 aircraft, but with passenger numbers restricted to as few as 20 at times because of the shortened runway.

Flights to Kagamuga suspended

The airline’s decision to suspend flights was made after it received a Notice to Pilots (NOTAM), consequently forcing the cancellation of all five flights today (July 12). 
Air Niugini states that it will continue to closely monitor the situation and will resume operations as soon as it is safe, including withdrawal of the NOTAM.

The airline adds that passengers who purchased tickets for the flights that were cancelled can revalidate their travel for the next available flight.

ANG Loyalty Program Partners With Badili Hardware

The airline’s Destinations Loyalty Program has partnered with Badili Hardware Limited (BHL) for a year, adding more value to the Program.

Badili Hardware joins six (6) other corporate partners that provide discounts to members, specifically for the Executive Club.

Air Niugini Introduces “Fare Lock” Service

Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Alabaster said there are times customers are able to choose suitable fare to travel but are unsure whether to make a reservation and that’s where the Fare Lock service comes in to ensure that a customer’s selected flight does not sell out and that the price does not change while their travel plans are being finalized.

ANG Customer Support System

“This solution, aimed at ensuring your queries are addressed in real time, went live on Monday 02nd May,” said the airline.

“Customer queries can now reach Air Niugini through your preferred communication channel such as Facebook Messenger, Twitter Direct Messaging, Web Feedback forms as well as through Air Niugini’s Customer Service email address csc@airniugini.com.pg

ANG Manages K800m Loss

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Alabaster, said the airline suffered this loss in the last two years.

“So we’ve managed that through cost control, et cetera, and we were profitable last year,” he stated during a recent visit to Lae.

“We were probably one of the very, very few airlines who were profitable last year.

“We’re expecting a better profit this year but right through that period, we’d have to pay all our national staff every payday; all their superannuation, et cetera, is absolutely up-to-date.

No Tests For Singapore Passengers: ANG

Singapore also does not require pre-departure testing for passengers transiting through Singapore onto flights to other international destinations. 

However, ANG said: “Should your final destination require a pre-departure test, evidence of this will need to be shown at check-in.

Requirements For International Passengers

In a statement, Air Niugini said all passengers should proceed directly to the departure check in through the main terminal entrance.

“If travelling to Singapore, Hong Kong or Manila, or transiting to a country that requires a negative certificate, you must bring the certificate to the airport with you.”

The certificate must be issued by a doctor and include at least the following information:

Cairns embargo lifted

Effective from 1st April, Air Niugini will offer three flights a week between Port Moresby and Cairns.

Flight PX098 departs Port Moresby at 1700 on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays, arriving in Cairns at 1825. Return flights PX091 depart Cairns at 0700 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving Port Moresby at 0825.

“Air Niugini and International SOS continue to offer free PCR and rapid tests at the airport at time of departure, for those who choose to do their test at the airport prior to check-in,” stated the airline.