Air Niugini to resume jet services to Mt. Hagen

October 16, 2020 - 747 views

Air Niugini will resume Fokker jet services to Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province on Tuesday October 20.

The national airline announced this through a statement on Friday.  

For most of the last sixteen months the runway at Kagamuga airport has been restricted to Dash-8 turboprop aircraft to allow National Airports Corporation to complete upgrade and maintenance work on the runway and taxiways.

The national airline said the work is now complete.

Company CEO Bruce Alabaster said Mount Hagen is the largest transport and economic hub for the Highlands region, and during the runway maintenance works our Dash-8 aircraft have been restricted to carrying as few as 20 passengers per flight.

“Our Fokker jet aircraft can carry up to 100 passengers, aiding the movement of people and of much needed necessities in terms of health, education and infrastructure materials to drive the governments’ agenda on economic growth and delivery of services to the wider rural communities,” he said.

Mr Alabaster said Air Niugini will operate up to four flights to Mount Hagen every day using the Fokker 100 jets.

Air Niugini has continuously provided services to Mount Hagen throughout the difficult runway maintenance period despite losing money on the route.

Mr Alabaster acknowledged the travelling public for their patience during the upgrade.

“We thank the people of Western Highlands and the travelling public for their patience over this difficult time, and we are delighted to be able to provide the greater capacity and reliability of services that our customers deserve now that jet operations are resuming,” he said.


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Mike, 9 months ago
Very good