Air Niugini

Mt Hagen jet services resume

For most of the last sixteen months, the runway at Mount Hagen has been restricted to Dash-8 turboprop aircraft to allow National Airports Corporation (NAC) to complete maintenance and upgrading work on the runway and taxiways at Kagamuga airport. This work is now complete.

ANG ticketing office at new Gordon’s plaza

This brings the total number of Post PNG Air Niugini ticketing offices throughout the country to four, including Brian Bell Plaza as well as Rabaul, Konedobu and Gerehu. The ticketing office at Gerehu is located inside Bismillah.

The arrangement between the national airline and Post PNG started in 2019 with the aim to establish more ticketing sales outlets that are accessible to customers, and also to strengthen the partnership between both State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

Air Niugini board thanks staff

The Board also thanked the people of PNG for their continued support by choosing to travel on Air Niugini.

The Board noted that the last five months have been extremely challenging, however despite the COVID-19 crisis, it was pleased to share some good news on how Air Niugini has delivered for PNG during this tough period.

Updated domestic air travel requirements

In a statement, the airline said the SOE Controller issued new domestic travel measures yesterday (Thursday 13th August), providing the following directives;

Air Niugini’s domestic travel measures

Passengers who have already booked tickets prior to Monday morning for travel that day onwards, are allowed to travel without having to get approval. Outbound international travel does not require approval. Inbound international travel continues to require Controller approval, in line with current practice.

ANG’s pioneer driver

And he has been doing his job passionately with loyalty and commitment for the last 47 years. 

Morea Maiu, known to many Air Niugini staff who have come and gone over the past four decades as “father Morea”, is a proud pioneer of Air Niugini who has been working as a driver since the company’s inception in November 1973.

“My job allows me to make contact with staff from different departments within Air Niugini, some on a daily basis. I would have known almost all staff and they would have known me too,” he stated.

Air Niugini partners with Bel isi PNG

The initiative recognises the impact family and sexual violence has on employees, and the increasing costs to employers and businesses in general as a result of this.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bruce Alabaster, said with the joint partnership now in place, airline staff who are faced with family and sexual violence can now be able to get timely assistance with well-coordinated processes and procedures in place to guide them.

Domestic flights expanded

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Alabaster, said: “When we reintroduced domestic services in April, we said we will operate limited services to begin with, and build up to our normal schedule once demand picks up. As demand recovers, we are now delivering on that promise and adding more flights on most routes.”

The improvements include:

ANG launches travel comp

The Discover PNG Travel Pass competition was launched on Wednesday 8th of July and will run till the 18th of December, 2020.

The competition aims to get all stakeholders, including the airline, the hotels, tour operators and hire cars, involved in sustaining and boosting tourism in Papua New Guinea.

The airline’s General Manager Commercial Services, Dominic Kaumu, said: “The idea behind the competition is to encourage individuals to travel more and experience the unique beauty and diverse cultures Papua New Guinea has to offer.

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.