The National, Monday July 22nd, 2013
AIR Niugini will have additional flights for the domestic sector and direct services to Bali in Indonesia and Nadi, Fiji.
Chief executive Simon Foo announced last Friday that the new schedule will take effect on Aug 5.
“It will see additional flights to Mt Hagen, Lae, Goroka and Vanimo.
“The additional Vanimo service is direct and will be on Monday, while the flight will be re-routed via Madang on the other days.
“There will be an additional service to Lae on Monday and Friday, while an extra flight to Goroka will be on Monday.
“Mt Hagen will see an additional flight daily, bringing to total five flights per day,” Foo said.
He said the direct Buka services on Tuesday and Thursday will be re-routed via Lae, while all Hagen flights would be retimed to leave early.
“There will be an upgrade of equipment for the Popondetta services with the Q400 operating on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.”
Foo said the changes have been made to cater for the demand on these routes.
“On the international front, Air Nugini will begin its inaugural flight to the exotic island resort of Indonesia, Bali on Aug 5 and will stay overnight and return the next day.
“The introductory return airfare to Bali is at K999 per person.”
There would also be a direct Port Moresby-Nadi (Fiji) service on Aug 13.
“This flight also stays overnight and returns the next day … with the direct service, Air Niugini will now fly three times a week to Nadi.
“The airline’s current operations to Nadi via Honiara (Solomon Islands) remain as per the schedule.
Foo said the direct Cebu flights on Monday will no longer overnight but return the same night.