Air Nuigini

Air Niugini’s Emerging Leaders Program Successful

The 10-month program aimed at unlocking the leadership potential of its workforce, the program encompassed classroom training, personalized coaching, and the execution of strategic culture change projects.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Gary Seddon emphasized the importance of succession planning in ensuring a strong leadership pipeline for the airline’s future.

CEO Explains Overbooking Of Seats

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Alabaster, explained that airlines do this to ensure that they have no empty seats at takeoff, or to cover for the ‘no-show factor’.

Alabaster’s explanation follows questions by passengers who tried to understand why they would get upgraded on certain flights while get bumped off a flight in the next destination.

“If we take a route, and if we know that about 5 percent of passengers don’t come to the airport, we will overbook by 2 to 4 percent,” he stated.

No testing for Aust arrivals: ANG

“However, tests for passengers arriving from Singapore, the Philippines and China, including Hong Kong, are still required but the testing fee has been reduced to K150 per passenger,” said Air Niugini.

“Passengers arriving from Asia are required to download and complete the ‘LooK PASS’ app in advance from the Apple - AppStore or for Androids, from the Google Play Store. 

“We strongly recommend creating a LooK PASS account prior to your flight to PNG, also noting that establishing the account requires you to verify a link sent to your chosen email address.”

ANG extends Madang service suspension

As a result, Air Niugini has extended the suspension of its flights.

“During this present stage of the works, the useable runway at Madang is too short for Link PNG Dash-8 aircraft to operate safely, therefore as a result of the delay in the works, customers are advised that the temporary suspension of Air Niugini flights to Madang is now extended by six days until Sunday 22nd August,” stated Air Niugini.

“Air Niugini regrets the inconvenience to the travelling public, however safety of operations remains our primary concern.

Air Niugini implement change

These changes will affect all passengers departing to Air Niugini international destinations including

Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Manila.

The national airline, Air Niugini has advised all passengers departing internationally that they will be required to be tested for Covid-19  at time of check-in. 

This is in addition to the requirement for the negative PCR test conducted within three days of travel.

PX announced changes to travel requirements.

In a statement, Air Niugini says this is already a requirement for all flights to Australia.

Passengers who do not produce evidence of a negative test will not board their flight.

The PCR test must be conducted within three days of the scheduled flight departure and can be completed in Port Moresby for a fee with results provided quickly.

Air Niugini says other types of test such as the rapid (or Gen-X test) are not acceptable.

Air Niugini operates six flights per week to Brisbane, four flights per week to Singapore, and twice weekly to Manila.


The new service links Mount Hagen, an important transport and economic hub for the Highlands region, with the communities and economic developments centred around Kiunga, as well as with Port Moresby, aiding the movement of much needed necessities in terms of health, education and infrastructure materials to drive the governments’ agenda on economic growth and delivery of services to the wider rural communities.

Flights suspended, S.O.E to be declared

The Link PNG DHC -8 aircraft was burned down at the Mendi airport, Southern Highlands Province following an election petition decision.

The aircraft reportedly suffered damages when rioters invaded the tarmac, and National Airports Corporation(NAC) has also closed the airport.

 Link PNG is suspending flights also to Tari and Wapenamanda until further notice, associated with these developments.

Link PNG regrets the inconvenience this may cause to our customers; however safety is always of paramount importance in our operations.

‘Hoskins’ on inaugural flight to WNB Province

Provincial Administrator Williamson Hosea told Loop PNG  the naming of the aircraft was timely to showcase Hoskins to the rest of the provinces in the country and overseas.

He said West New Britain have some of the hidden tourist destinations that never known to tourists.
“With the naming of this aircraft, it will help sell WNB to the tourism market.”

Air Niugini unveiled its third Fokker 70 naming it “Hoskins” this morning.

The naming of the aeroplane will coincide with the PNG Games in November which West New Britain is hosting.

Air Niugini continues to fly high

Not only has Air Niugini provided a massive boost to trade and tourism over the years, but it has also helped bring diverse local communities together – creating a more unified nation.

With the recent introduction of the Fokker 70 aeroplanes, Air Niugini has also determined to boost the tourism industry in the country.

The first inaugural flight for the F70 aeroplane was to Mt Hagen in March 2015.

After that the F70 also did its maiden flights to Hoskins in West New Britain province and Cairns in Australia.