ExxonMobil PNG reopens Komo airfield

The first flight with staff on board arrived at Komo airfield on 26 April 2018. A cargo plane delivering earthquake relief landed shortly after.

ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry, said the reinstatement of Komo airfield in such a short timeframe is a testament to the hard work and dedication of those involved.

Air Niugini suspends Kagamuga flights

A sit in protest at the airport area blocked off access to the terminal forcing flights PX 180, 182, and 186 not to operate.

On Tuesday, Air Niugini was forced to suspend only its morning flight while all flights for Sunday were suspended.

In a statement, Air Niugini said it is closely monitoring the tense situation and will advise when flights to the airport will resume.

Passengers of the suspended flights are advised they can have their tickets revalidated for the next available flight or to reroute via other Air Niugini ports to continue to Port Moresby.

Airline resumes flights to Kagamuga

Air Niugini public relations office confirmed with Loop PNG this afternoon that its three flights out of Port Moresby were on schedule.

The airline also confirmed that its last flight at 3pm had just departed for Kagamuga.

Kagamuga International Airport came to a standstill on Wednesday afternoon as candidates contesting the Mt Hagen Open Seat blocked off the airport.

Flights in and out of the airport were cancelled with frustrated passengers from the other Highlands provinces left stranded.

Flights disruptions caused by bad weather: Air Niugini

The Airline was responding to claims that the flights were caused by shortage of pilot with the company.

“Our flight delays over the weekend were mainly due to bad weather and not pilot issue,” An Air Niugini employee who declined to be named said. 

“Two aircraft were not able to get out of Mt Hagen on Saturday as a result of bad weather. This has affected the rest of the flights (been affected) during the weekend.

“However, all the flights are now back too normal.”

Link PNG resumes flights to Tari and Popondetta

The airline will operate additional services to cater for the backlog of passengers since the Popondetta flights were suspended last week.

Several bridges in Popondetta were damaged during heavy rains and floods last week, resulting in suspension of flights as people had difficulty getting to the airport.


As a temporary measure, it’s understood a local construction company is working on the bridges by using planks and timbers to connect bridges and allow vehicles to cross.