PX reduces passengers on flights to Aust


AIR Niugini has reduced by 60 per cent the number of passengers it can take on its flights to Australia.
The measure, which came into effect on Friday, was in response to the latest Covid-19 health measures taken by the Australian government on travel requirements of people arriving in Australia.
“Consequently, based on the number of passengers already booked, Air Niugini had to close all Port Moresby to Brisbane and Cairns flights for ticket sales from Jan 15 to Feb 28,” an airline statement said.
“Unfortunately, there are a significant number of customers who have purchased tickets to travel to Brisbane or Cairns in the coming weeks who are no longer permitted to uplift on their booked flights.
“These customers will be notified either directly, or via their travel agent, and will be provisionally booked onto the next flight with available capacity, at no additional cost.
“These flights may be after Feb 15.
“Should the alternative date offered not be acceptable, customers can request a full refund.”
The national airline said the situation was outside its control and it will not be responsible for accommodation or any other costs which may arise as a result of the measures being taken.
All passengers travelling to, or transiting through Australia after Jan 22 must provide evidence when checking in of a negative Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction test.
“This test must be taken within 72hours prior to departure. Other types of tests such as rapid GenX test are not acceptable,” the statement said.
These PCR tests can be taken at the Pacific International Hospital and St John for a fee.