Air Niugini to resume flights to Aropa Airport


Air Niugini will resume jet operations to Aropa Airport in Kieta, Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), today.
According to a statement from the company, the recommencement of jet operations was made possible following installation of precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lights, which were not only a regulatory requirement, but also required under strict Air Niugini safety standards. “PAPI lights are a visual aid that are generally located beside the runway,” it said.
“That provides guidance information to help pilots maintain the correct approach to an airport.”
The PAPI light project was jointly funded by National Airports Corporation (NAC) and the Office of South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu.
Kieta flights will operate twice weekly from Port Moresby, every Tuesday and Friday.
The flight on Tuesday will operate direct from Port Moresby to Kieta and later onto Buka, Rabaul and back to Port Moresby.
The Friday flight will go from Port Moresby to Rabaul, then Buka, Kieta and back to Port Moresby.
The Kieta flights will be operated by Air Niugini’s Fokker 100 aircraft, which offer a more-comfortable and faster journey.
The aircraft features both economy and business class seats.
Air Niugini will be the only airline offering non-stop flights between Port Moresby and Kieta, in addition to offering services between
Kieta and Buka and Kieta and Rabaul.
Air Niugini last operated to Kieta from December 2014 to July 2017 using Q400 turboprop aircraft.

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