Air Niugini will be commencing operations to Cebu in the Philippines next week with the inaugural flight set to take place on Monday 16th July. The same fight returns on Tuesday night from Cebu, arriving in Port Moresby on Wednesday morning.
The commencement of Cebu flight now brings to total ten international destinations that Air Niugini operates. Others include the Australian routes of Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Honiara (Solomon Islands), Nadi (Fiji), Narita (Japan), Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila (Philippines).
Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Wasantha Kumarasiri said the airline is opening up additional route in the Philippines due to increase in demand.
He said Australia and Asia remain as Air Niugini’s most important international markets.
Mr Kumarasiri said the opening of the Cebu route is important as it allows for easy and direct travel for the Philippines involved in the PNG-LNG project was well as those in the fisheries section instead of going via Manilla.
There will be two direct flights from Port Moresby to Cebu in a week. The first flight is scheduled to depart Port Moresby on Tuesday at 5:30pm and arrives in Cebu at 8:20pm. The second Cebu service departs Port Moresby on Thursday with the same departure and arrival times.
Air Niugini is now also working on alternative fares from other airline to travel between Cebu/Manilla and Manilla/Cebu. This will now give five times a week travel to the Philippines.