The National, Tuesday 10th July, 2012
AIR Niugini will start flying to Cebu in the Philippines next week.
The inaugural flight leaves on Monday and returns on Tuesday night, arriving in Port Moresby on Wednesday morning.
The start of Cebu flights takes to 10 international destinations that Air Niugini operates to. The others are the Australian routes of Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Honiara (Solomon Islands), Nadi (Fiji), Narita (Japan), Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila (Philippines).
Air Niugini chief executive officer Wasantha Kumarasiri said the airline was opening up additional routes in the Philippines due to an increase in demand.
“Australia and Asia remain Air Niugini’s most important international markets,” he said.
“We are extremely delighted to reach our next expansion milestone.
“The opening of the Cebu route is important as it allows for easy and direct travel for Filipinos involved in the LNG project as well as those in the fisheries sector and other related activities who can travel direct to Cebu instead of going via Manila.”
Once the scheduled operations start, there will be two direct flights from Port Moresby to Cebu a week.
The first flight is scheduled to leave Port Moresby on Tuesday at 5.50pm and arrive in Cebu at 8.20pm.
The second Cebu service leaves Port Moresby on Thursday, with the same departure and arrival times.
Air Niugini is working on alternative fares from other airlines to travel between Cebu-Manila and Manila-Cebu.
This will now give five times a week travel to Filipinos.