Air Niugini

Air Niugini cancels flights temporarily

Passengers transferring from other countries through Port Moresby to Manila are exempted and are still allowed to be uplifted provided they remain within the transfer lounge at the Jackson’s airport during stopover.

It is advised that passengers that made prior bookings to travel from POM to Manila on flights departing between 19 and 30 September, will have to rebook for other available flights with Air Niugini or their Travel Agents in October/ November.

Further restrictions on Sydney flights

For the period of 8th September to 30th October 2021, the number of passengers the airline is permitted to carry into Sydney has been cut by 40 percent by the Australian government.

“Consequently, we expect that some passengers already holding tickets on PX001 to Sydney over this two-month period will not be able to travel, and will be contacted and assisted to re-book their flights for later dates.

Airport runways shortened

Air Niugini has informed the travelling public that the National Airport Corporation has further shortened runways to allow for maintenance work at both airports.

As a result, Air Niugini flights to and from Madang and Wewak are being operated by Dash-8 turboprop aircraft, operated by its subsidiary company Link PNG.

Even these Dash-8 aircraft have restrictions on the number of passengers they can uplift because of the shortened runway.

Fokker services to Tokua resume

The resumption of Fokker flights follows the completion of runway repairs by the National Airports Corporation (NAC).

Since the works on the airport runway commenced in February last year, Air Niugini has been operating to Tokua airport using the 76-seat Q402 and 50 seat DHC-8-315 aircraft, but with passenger numbers restricted to as few as 20 at times because of the shortened runway.

Travel consultants trained

On Friday 18th June, the airline successfully completed a two-week training course for 12 new travel consultants. 

The training covered mainly reservations and ticketing processes using the Sabre Reservations system that is used by many other airlines around the world.

The travel consultants came from Air Niugini sales offices in Goroka, Hoskins, Madang, Kavieng and Port Moresby.

No COVID test required: ANG

Apart from that, the airline says it continues to implement COVID safe policies for all travellers, to ensure that their travel is safe.

“This includes completion of a NDOH Health Declaration Form for presentation on arrival at your destination, the wearing of facemasks on board aircraft and within airport facilities, use of hand sanitiser and social distancing wherever appropriate and practical,” stated ANG.

PX conducts IMDG training

The three days training carried out last week, March 23rd to 25th at the Air Niugini Aviation Training Centre at 7Mile in Port Moresby, is tailored for NMSA Captains and Chief Engineers.

This is first IMDG Code training for 2021 carried out by Air Niugini Non-Technical Training Instructor, Martin Tugano. Four more are planned throughout the year.

The training covered general provision for Dangerous Goods transported by Sea, and the classifying, identifying, packing, marking, labeling/placarding and shipping documentation of Dangerous Goods.

Gurney flight upgraded

The first ever Boeing 737 service will touch down in Gurney at 1120am on Friday 26th February. Thereafter, the B737 aircraft will become a regular sight at Gurney Airport, with three weekly services from 28th March on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Fokker jet aircraft will continue to service Alotau on other days of the week.

Chief executive officer, Bruce Alabaster, said using the B737 to Alotau will allow the Fokker jet aircraft that currently service the route to be used to increase capacity elsewhere.

ANG advises against resold tickets

This follows continuous reports that some of their heavily discounted tickets are being resold to the public.

“Customers suspected of purchasing such tickets will have their bookings and tickets cancelled without notice and will be denied boarding,” said the airline.

“Therefore they will lose the money they have paid to the person originally making the booking. They also risk legal action.

ANG announces new Aust travel requirements

These new restrictions include a greater than 60 percent reduction in the number of passengers allowed to be uplifted on Air Niugini flights to Australia, with effect from 15th January.

“Consequently, and as previously advised, based on the number of passengers already booked, Air Niugini has already had to close all Port Moresby to Brisbane and Cairns flights for any additional ticket sales from 15th January out to 28th February,” stated the national carrier.