"No approvals are required for flights to any domestic locations other than Buka, although Kieta, Tabubil and Lihir airports remain closed. Air Niugini is close to resuming its normal domestic schedule, offering flights to all available domestic ports at least once every day, with increased frequency to Lae, Mt Hagen and Tokua," Air Niugini said.
Air Niugini adds that it should be noted that the controller approval for travel is no longer required and tickets can be purchased as normal.
Air Niugini says it continues to operate with strict health and safety measures in place including temperature testing of all passengers, hand sanitising and providing face masks to ensure air travel is safe.
"Internationally Air Niugini maintains its flights to Cairns, Brisbane and Singapore. The outbound flights to these three ports do not require approval. Inbound flights are now open for sale however passengers still require the controller's approval. Payment evidence of a 14-day hotel accommodation at an approved quarantine hotel must be provided prior to acceptance at check-in," Air Niugini said.
Flights to the rest of its international destinations are still suspended. We will advise once approval is given for resumption of operations.