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Air Niugini is pleased to advise customers that due to high demand for Sydney flights, the airline will be operating three special flights from Port Moresby to Sydney and back, using the Boeing 767 aircraft.
The flights, PX 4001/4002 will operate every Sunday, commencing on 28th November, followed by 05th and 12th December. These flights depart Port Moresby at 07:00am and arrive in Sydney at 11:55am with the return services departing Sydney at 12:55pm and arriving back in POM at 3:55pm.These are additional flights with Air Niugini maintaining its usual weekly scheduled Sydney service on Mondays. Continuation of additional flights beyond 12th December will be reviewed depending on demand.
Meanwhile, PX 003/PX 004 from Port Moresby to Brisbane on the three dates mentioned (28th November, and 05th & 12th December) have been cancelled with passengers being moved to the next available flights.
We also wish to remind our passengers that New South Wales (NSW) has already announced quarantine free travel for international arriving passengers from 1st November 2021. At present, only fully vaccinated passengers will be approved for uplift to Sydney.
Unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can return to Australia on PX003 to Brisbane, but will require 14 days hotel quarantine on arrival. Travel is initially limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and special visa holders. We do expect this to extend to business travellers and tourists soon after.
Parents , or parents-in-law of Australian citizens and permanent residents , who are fully vaccinated are now eligible to apply for approval to travel to Australia at https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep From 1st November, there is no requirement to apply for approval to leave Australia, so long as you are fully vaccinated.
Travel is expected to open to Papua New Guineans and other nationalities planning on traveling to Australia, for work, schooling, leisure or to catch-up with wantoks or friends in late December. Intending passengers are reminded that you must be fully vaccinated prior to being allowed to travel internationally including to Australia. Hence if you do plan any international travel, we recommend you get vaccinated now to avoid disappointment.
PNG Immigration has also recommenced online visa applications for those wishing to travel to PNG, whilst Papua New Guineans can apply online for tourist visas’s to travel to Australia, albeit as noted this pathway is not yet open for actual travel.
Air Niugini continues to operate six flights per week to Brisbane, two flights to Sydney, four flights per week to Singapore, twice weekly to Manila, and twice weekly to Hong Kong. Flights to other locations remain suspended due to international border restrictions.
All passengers departing internationally will still need to complete a negative PCR test at Port Moresby airport at time of check-in. Access to testing closes two hours prior to scheduled departure. Wearing of face masks in the terminals and on board the aircraft is mandatory, hand sanitisers are provided for your protection, and social distancing is followed wherever practical in order to ensure your international travel remains as safe as possible.
Corporate Communications Department Wednesday 10th November 2021