Air Niugini

PX to recommence domestic services

The decision to recommence domestic services follows advice yesterday from the National Government lifting the two-week lockdown period for domestic travel on 06th April.

Air Niugini is rolling out additional safeguards on all domestic flights to avoid the chance of COVID 19 being carried, and further enhanced requirements in the border provinces of Vanimo, Sandaun Province and Daru in Western Province. This will include heightened security and health checks at these airports. 

Air Niugini bans international passengers

“There will be exceptions,” he said. “Passengers will be limited to critical emergency personnel, diplomatic staff, medical experts, and advisers required by Papua New Guinea to maintain our capacity to fight the coronavirus pandemic,” he said. “Essential airline staff will also be allowed to travel so that domestic flights can continue.

“It is not practical to stop inbound flights altogether – to do so would jeopardise the fight against the pandemic and put Papua New Guineans in unacceptable danger.

PX turns around K133 loss into modest profit

The profit was announced at the end of the 2019 financial year; a historical turning point for the national airline as they undertook a massive transformation.

Although the operating profit is only K500,000, the achievement is off the back of a loss of K133 million the previous financial year.

This impressive turnaround follows the implementation of significant initiatives including the Higher Altitude program that reviewed the business’ cost control, revenue opportunities, customer service improvements and operations.

Fokker jet service into Tokua halted

In a statement, Air Niugini says this is due to the current runway upgrade by the National Airports Corporation (NAC) which commenced on Monday 24th February.

“The runway upgrade was initially planned to take place on March 9th, 2020, however following heavy rains, the works commenced earlier than the initial set date.

PX renews Employee’s Association Awards Agreement

Air Niugini Managing Director, Alan Milne during the signing of the agreement on Tuesday 18th February said the negotiations and discussions were based on tough, prevailing economic circumstances which not only had an impact on Air Niugini, however also other airlines in the region.

Mr Milne said improvements to staff travel and cargo rebates are additional privileges granted as a token of the management’s appreciation and recognition to all staff who continue to show commitment and loyalty.

ANG taking steps to protect country: Minister

“The airline has instituted a wide range of measures to minimise the risk to the nation, and is constantly monitoring international developments to make sure its precautions are up to date and effective,” he said.

“The Ministry of State Enterprises, Kumul Consolidated Holdings and Air Niugini are liaising with other departments and agencies in the Marape Government’s fight against coronavirus (the key agency is the National Department of Health). This is a whole-of-Government exercise, and we are sparing no effort or expense to ensure the safety of Papua New Guineans.”

PX offers to fly students out of Hong Kong

In a statement issued this afternoon, the airline will uplift students studying in any provinces of China, except for those from Wuhan city or Hubei Province.

However, students must go through full health screening and quarantine checks carried out at respective airports in China and Hong Kong.

Further checks and monitoring will be carried out by health and quarantine authorities upon arrival in Port Moresby.

ANG bans PNG-bound passengers from China

This was the message from Air Niugini general manager - commercial services, Dominic Kaumu.

“As of last night, based on advice from the Health Department, Air Niugini has instructed its offices in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore,” said Kaumu.

“Further, passengers are encouraged to use the quarantine setups in these airports. The airline will do further risk assessment tomorrow on the virus.”

More updates to follow. 

(Loop file picture of the Jackson’s International Airport)

Delivery of 737 MAX jets delayed

The airline’s managing director, Alan Milne, said on Tuesday the four 737 MAX jets were ordered in 2014, and the airline had originally been due to receive its first aircraft later this year.

“This delay will give the airline more time to complete a broader review of its fleet plans, including a future replacement type for its smaller Fokker regional jets. This will then determine if the MAX is still appropriate for Air Niugini, or whether other Boeing products would better suit as a replacement for the airline’s existing Fokker, Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft types,” he stated.

ANG set to uplift firefighters to Aust

These devastating fires have so far burned over 17 million acres of land, killed at least 25 people, half a billion animals and destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of properties.

The airline’s response is in support of the PNG Government’s offer to provide firefighters and Defence Force soldiers to combat the spread of fires, and adds to relief efforts being currently coordinated by the Australian Defence Force.