Based on these directives, Air Niugini is only approved to fly to Brisbane (five times per week), Cairns (two times per week) and Singapore (four times per week). Scheduled flights to other locations are not approved under the present state of emergency controller directives.
Air Niugini is on standby to assist the government bringing back Papua New Guinea citizens and permanent residents who have been stranded overseas because of pandemic travel restrictions. However these flights require controller approval first.
"We understand the PNG government is close to implementing this travel arrangement and we will advise as soon as all requirements are in order and the process is approved.
"In the meantime, Air Niugini continues to uplift passengers outbound only to Brisbane, Cairns and Singapore, and we do not carry inbound passengers unless they are a part of the government's efforts.
"Once the government's arrangement to bring back citizens is approved we will advise. All inbound international passengers are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, at one of eight hotels in Port Moresby approved for this process.
"The hotels presently approved are Holiday Inn, Ela Beach Hotel, Sanctuary Hotel, Dixies Bungalows, Grand Papua Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Laguna Hotel and Granville Hotel. Air Niugini is aware the government is working on options for returning citizens who cannot afford the hotel costs and will advise when we receive an update on this," Air Niugini said.
The airline also reminds passengers checking in for inbound international flights are required to show the usual passport, visa and ticket but also evidence the passenger has already paid for 14 days quarantine at an approved hotel.