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June 15, 2021
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Air Niugini Fokker Services To Resume Into Kieta Airport

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Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Simon Foo, has announced services will be resumed under Fokker 70 and 100.

Since Aropa Airport-Kieta, was reopened in 2014, it has been operated by Dash-8 Q400 aircraft fleet.

However, recently Air Niugini made a decision to temporary suspend flights into Aropa-Kieta, because Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) lights, is yet to be installed.

PAPI lights are a visual aid which provides guidance information to help a pilot acquire and maintain the correct landing approach.

“Once the PAPI lights are installed, we will then resume Fokker services,” Foo said.

However he said, the ongoing dialogue between the National Airports Corporation and the Autonomous Bougainville Government has produced some positive outcomes.

“We will resume Fokker services once the PAPI lights are installed,” Foo said.

Mr Foo said domestic services are operated by Fokker 70 and 100, together with Dash-8 315 and 200 series of aircrafts, operated by its subsidiary, Link PNG.

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