June 21, 2024

There is ongoing fuel rationing in Port Moresby and this is unfortunately impacting on some of Air Niugini’s scheduled domestic flights.

Air Niugini’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gary Seddon while responding to public queries on flight disruptions said safety is the airline’s outmost priority and will not be compromised.

“The jet fuel supply chain is critical to Air Niugini’s operations. It is highly regulated and we always ensure there is appropriate quantities of fuel to service our flight plan requirements before we operate any flight”

Mr Seddon said the dedicated men and women of Air Niugini are doing their best under difficult circumstances to provide a competent, safe air transport service and appealed for understanding from the traveling public.

“ Our team is doing its best under trying times and we do not tolerate unruly, abusive behaviour from certain disgruntled members of the traveling public.” Mr Seddon said

He said “whilst the issue of fuel supply is entirely outside the airline’s control, we are committed to resolving the issue for the long term and we believe we are close to a solution, thanks to the support of the government, particularly Minister for State Enterprises, Hon William Duma”.

“Ours is a complex industry, but vital to the development and growth of PNG. Without a safe, successful, competent aviation industry, PNG would remain disconnected.

“We must as a country tackle the fuel issues in the same way that we have been addressing issues of infrastructure and reliable aircraft-with innovative, transparent and appropriate investment programs. “

Mr Seddon acknowledges the unwavering support of Minister Duma and the Marape/Rosso government for the fleet replacement program and the airport infrastructure program.