Media Release

July 14, 2016

Air Niugini advises that most of its scheduled domestic and international flights operated today (Wednesday, 13 July, 2016).

The airline also advises that the delayed and cancelled services were due to technical and crewing issues which are usual operational challenges experienced in any given day and certainly issues that are not isolated to Air Niugini but affects the airline industry worldwide.

Management acknowledges that the disruptions may have caused concerns amongst the passengers however as the national carrier Air Niugini would like to reassure its customers that it is committed to providing air services as per its schedule.

There has been an additional requirement for students travelling back to their home provinces following the recent closure of the school year by the University of Papua New Guinea.

Air Niugini is focused on delivering its normal services despite the daily operational challenges; challenges such as weather, lack of fuel in the outports as recently experienced and aircraft in scheduled maintenance.

Chief Executive, Mr Simon Foo said that the Air Niugini is going through a lot of positive developments which will enable the airline to provide improved services to our customers.

“Our commitment to continue providing a reliable service is our priority and ensuring that the company and its staff are there for the customers, said Mr Foo.

“We sent down four new pilot cadets on Friday 8th July to train in Coffs Harbour, we are purchasing new aircraft to the fleet to offer more flights and efficient operations throughout the country,” Mr Foo added.

On Wednesday 06th July, Air Niugini commenced its second flight to Narita, Japan to support the National Government’s initiative to further develop and enhance tourism in the country and the Papua New Guinea – Japan relationship.

“Air Niugini’s Japan route carries the highest percentage of inbound tourists out of all the countries we fly to, and this second service will be widely welcomed by tourism operators right across the country,” said Mr Foo.

Mr Foo added that these and many other initiatives that Air Niugini is working towards will ultimately enhance the travelling experience of its customers.

Marketing & Communications
July 13th, 2016