Air Niugini has announced an increase of flights to and from the Australian cities of Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney, effective from – 30thOctober 2016.
The flight increase was made possible following recent variations to the Air Niugini and Qantas Codeshare Agreement, which are subject to regulatory approval.
Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo said:
“With this change, Air Niugini will continue to offer a double daily service to Brisbane, one of which will be operated by ANG’s wide body Boeing 767 aircraft. The second service will be operated by a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft. There will be two flights per day in each direction.”
“Air Niugini also plans to increase its convenient direct services to Sydney from two to three flights per week.”
“The airline will also increase services to Cairns operated by Fokker 70. Air Niugini will operate at least two flights a day in each direction, with larger aircraft operating on some flights.”
Under the revised codeshare arrangements, Air Niugini will be able to place its “PX” code on Qantas operated flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Melbourne and Perth, allowing its passengers to make seamless connections to these cities and to have access to a wider choice of through fares and tickets than is currently available.
Air Niugini and Qantas have agreed to continue code sharing across all three routes between Papua New Guinea and Australia, subject to regulatory approval. Air Niugini and Qantas have successfully operated codeshare services on the Brisbane and Sydney routes since 2002, offering travelers access to a wider choice of flights and air fares.