New PNG flight connections will benefit Melanesia

23/06/2013

The next couple of months might well see two new international destinations connecting up with Papua New Guinea as the quest for building business ties with the region’s fastest growing economy continues to grow.<!--more-->

Air Niugini Papua New Guinea is set to start direct flights to Denpasar, Bali in Indonesia beginning August 5. The airline is scheduled to fly a Boeing 737 weekly each way once a week. Reciprocally, Garuda International, Indonesia’s national flag carrier will fly to PNG cities under a codeshare arrangement.

Besides offering easy access to 25 destinations in PNG, the new connection will also offer connections to other Melanesian destinations as well, as Port Moresby has regular services to Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It will be far easier for passengers from Singapore and other South East Asian destinations to travel to these countries rather than fly circuitously via Australia as at present.

Meanwhile, the Philippines based Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) is interested in flying to Papua New Guinea. As reported in <b>Pacific Periscope</b> (October 5, 2012) the airline had applied for seat entitlements between the Philippines and PNG shared between two Philippines destinations – Clark and Manila. Flights would be operated with their fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.

The Civil Aeronautics Board will make its decision at a hearing this week on June 27. The airline, which is 40-percent owned by Tiger Airways of Singapore, recently announced that it would be rebranding in July as Tiger Airways Philippines. Flights will officially take off as Tiger Airways on July 10, 2013.

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