Air Niugini continues to deliver, staff commended by board

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The Air Niugini Board took the opportunity of a Board meeting yesterday to thank all the staff of Air Niugini for their efforts and hard work over what has been an extremely challenging period.

The Board also thanked the people of PNG for their continued support by choosing to travel on Air Niugini, PNG’s National airline, and the airline of the people of PNG.

The Board noted that the last five months have been extremely challenging, however despite the Covid crisis it is pleased to share some good news on how Air Niugini has delivered for PNG during this tough period.

The Chairman of Air Niugini Sir Kostas Constantinou was pleased to be able to brief the Board that the airline has continued to deliver for the people of PNG throughout the difficulties of the past five months.

The airline has maintained services to all cities and towns across PNG, even during periods where passenger loads meant this was not financially viable. This has included ensuring that essential travelers as well as cargo have been delivered safely to their destination to assist in the fight against Covid to keep the economy running. Within this cargo have been vital medical supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as well as much needed goods and services.

The airline has assisted by bringing many Papua New Guinean’s home, at a time when they would otherwise be stranded overseas. This has included repatriation flights to Kuala Lumpur, Fuzhou, Manila, Nadi, Honiara, Port Vila, and Shanghai.

Sir Kostas noted that during this unprecedented period Air Niugini has have even helped out our big neighbour to the south, by uplifting fresh export cargo from Brisbane for sale into the Singapore market. In fact with the five flights to Brisbane and weekly Cairns service, Air Niugini is at present Queensland’s largest international airline.

Equally looking back to the 1920’s when the Lae-Bulolo carried more cargo that the rest of the world combined, recently Port Moresby-Mt Hagen and Port Moresby-Lae have been two of the busiest air routes in the region.

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