Air Niugini managing director has said the airline had adjusted its Cairns-Port Moresby schedule to give business travellers from North Queensland the opportunity to make a same day return trip to Port Moresby from Cairns on Fridays, saving them the time and expense of overnighting in Port Moresby.
An additional feature of the new schedule is that customers from Cairns will be able to make direct, same-day connections from Port Moresby to both Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Nadi (Fiji).
"Air Niugini was the first overseas airline to service Cairns, and these latest new connections and same-day travel options demonstrate the airline's long term commitment to the Cairns region," Milne said.
He adds that it is Air Niugini's strategy to further developing air and trade links between North Queensland and PNG and between Cairns and other Air Niugini destinations across Asia and the Pacific via the Port Moresby hub.
Milne said that with effect from September 5, a new PX098 service would Port Moresby on Thursdays at 5pm, returning on Fridays as PX091 departing Cairns at 6.30am, arriving in Port Moresby at 7.55am. The return flight PX098 departs Fridays at 5pm and arrives in Cairns at 6:25pm, allowing travellers a full day in Port Moresby to conduct their meetings and other business.
"The new PX091 service on Friday mornings also gives customers the opportunity to conveniently connect from Cairns to Honiara on Fridays from September 6, and from Cairns to Nadi on PX091 Saturdays from November 2 onwards - both via an easy connection in Port Moresby," Milne said.
Meanwhile, Air Niugini has also announced that it has resumed operations to Hoskins airport, West New Britain.
"We acknowledge the National Airports Corporation and the business houses in Hoskins for their continuous efforts in removing the volcanic ash from the runway and taxiway," Air Niugini said.
Air Niugini suspended operations again on August 4 due to the eruption of Mt Ulawun for the second time in recent months. Air Niugini operates daily flights between Hoskins and Port Moresby, and three services weekly between Hoskins and Lae, and 11 services weekly between Hoskins and Rabaul.