Air Niugini

Air Niugini continues to provide dangerous goods training

This was required by the International Civil Aviation Organization and International Air Transport Association.

The first batch, were 16 participants from Puma Energy, ExxonMobil, DHL, Pentagon Freight Services, Hi-Lift and Ok Tedi Mining Ltd.

Since the training was conducted using CBTA method, the participants will receive certificates with IATA co-branding, stated Air Niugini’s Non-Technical Training Instructor, Martin Tugano.

Flight disruptions

Air Niugini is currently progressing a refleet program, which includes acquiring 11 new next-generation jet aircraft to replace its current fleet.

In the meantime, the airline will have additional Q400 Turboprop and Boeing 737-800 aircraft by September to improve schedule reliability.

The airline’s CEO apologized for the disruption to travel plans. 

ANG certified in Dangerous Goods training

This training is the first for a PNG Airline and focuses on Competency-based Training and Assessments (CBTA) guidelines.

Air Niugini’s Acting CEO, Gary Seddon stated that the accreditation followed a stringent review of the dangerous goods regulations. CBTA is a new, mandated method of conducting and assessing DG training by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and IATA.

Illegal fares approved by PX management

He said the fares were not approved by the Air Niugini Board; hence resulted in the termination of some executive officers.

“Those increases were never approved by the board of Air Niugini and never came to me as the Minister responsible and that is why the people behind this were terminated,” Duma told Parliament.

He said this is one of the reasons as to why the Cabinet have to make the decision to let go of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Duma added that Air Niugini’s intention was to provide fare that is affordable to the people and not such increased fares.

Air Niugini sponsor

Chairman for Motu Koita Assembly and Deputy Governor for NCD, Dadi Toka Jnr, acknowledged the sponsors and stated that the assembly is looking forward for the beginning of another long term sponsor.

Deputy Governor stated that the Air Niugini sponsorship covers International Return Airline Tickets for the Hiri Hanenamo Title Winners and Domestic Return Airline Tickets for the Hiri Hanenamo contestants.

Puma to continue support

This restriction was effective as of Wednesday 4th January, 2023; and affects Air Niugini and all other airlines operating throughout Papua New Guinea.

ANG appeals against laser lights

“Air Niugini pilots have recently noted an increase in instances of high intensity laser lights being pointed at aircraft while on approach to a number of airports around PNG, but especially in Port Moresby during night landing at both ends of the Jackson’s airport,” said the airline.

“Laser lights pose a threat to the safety of the flight as the glare makes it difficult to concentrate on flight instruments and if the pilots are temporarily blinded by it at a critical phase of flight, this can endanger the safety of the aircraft and may lead to an accident. 

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.