Air Niugini wins award on safety


AIR Niugini has received an international certificate on safety after successfully reviewing and conforming its manual to be consistent with the International Air Transport Association ground operations manual standards.
Association regional vice-president for Asia-Pacific Conrad Clifford said the airline was among the early adopters of manual in the South West Pacific.
“Safety is the number one priority of the airline industry, and together with its IATA Operational Safety Audit certification, Air Niugini is demonstrating its commitment to keep passengers and staff safe, both in the air and on the ground,” Clifford said.
Air Niugini acting chief executive Marco McConnell said the certification indicated the airline’s determination to improve on safety at the industry level.
He said it also provided reassurance to foreign airlines operating into PNG that it could handle and deliver their aircraft with a high level of safety and efficiency.
“Adopting internationally recognised standards mean reduction in operational risk as we standardise policies and procedures with industry partners globally,” he said.
“It also encourages overall comfort for our interline partners as well as passengers to know they have made the right choice by choosing us.”
Air Niugini has become the second airline in the South West Pacific after New Caledonia’s Air Calin to receive the certification.
The review covered functions for the airport, passenger, cargo and security ground handling procedures.