Air Niugini will commence new air services between Port Moresby and Townsville in North Queensland, effective March 31, 2017.
These direct services will operate every Monday and Friday, departing Port Moresby at 09:55 am and arriving in Townsville at 11:45 am. The return flight will depart Townsville at 12:30 pm and arrives in POM at 2:20 pm.
Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Simon Foo, said:
“Air Niugini has evaluated and engaged in extensive discussions with the Townsville Airport owners and operators, the Mayor of Townsville, and the Townsville Enterprise and local political and business leaders. This new service will open up important business, educational, sporting and people-to-people links.”
Mr. Foo is impressed with the tremendous support for this service as exhibited by the Townsville business community and encourages the PNG business community to look at this opportunity as well.
“This service has the potential to be an important addition to our regional “hub”. It will offer the citizens of Townsville and other centres such as Mackay and Mt Isa the efficient international “connection” they don’t currently have – transiting here before traveling to our major Asian centres such as Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as Honiara, Nadi, Port Vila, Pohnpei and Chuuk in the Pacific”, Mr. Foo said.
The direct Port Moresby/Townsville service will also benefit the SP PNG Hunters when they play in the Queensland Cup against the Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton teams, both in terms of reduced travel times, and lower team travel costs. And it will enable fans in Papua New Guinea to attend Cowboys home matches, and the Hunters games – as well as the fans of the North Queensland teams who want to see their teams play here in Port Moresby.
The inclusion of Townsville brings the number of Air Niugini nonstop destinations in Australia to four (Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns, Townsville), as well as code share services to both Melbourne and Perth. Air Niugini flies to Australia 25 times a week-more than any other airline. Air Niugini serves a total 15 international destinations.
Another destination that now remains firmly on Air Niugini’s radar for the future is Shanghai, China which will complement the airline’s current four services to HongKong.