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There’s a lot of talk about Qantas dumping the Cairns-Port Moresby route and that Air Niugini will hold a monopoly over this route unless some other airline jumps in and gives our national carrier some much needed competition.
Little has been said about PNG’s other regional airline, PNG Air. They’re an obvious choice to take Air Niugini on. But what exactly has PNG Air got in store for its customers. Will it pursue the gap left by Qantas or will it concentrate on the domestic market?
Centre for Aviation has currently released an analysis on Air PNG and in summary, this is what customers can expect from Air PNG for next couple of years:
- PNG Air is renewing its fleet with new ATR 72-600’s. They’ve taken two more with another 4 expected by the end of 2017. Operational improvements can be expected and better competition against its larger rival Air Niugini in the domestic market.
- PNG Air plans to resume international operations by the end of 2016 with a new route to Jayapura in Indonesia.
- PNG Air also expects that new aircraft will help it attract more passengers and grow market share. PNG Air currently carries approximately 20% to 30% of domestic passengers in Papua New Guinea.
- While it currently does not have any codeshare arrangement, that doesn’t mean it isn’t looking for opportunities within this area. If they’re looking to grow, no doubt they’ll be looking at partners in the near future.
- PNG Air will reconsider its position with respect to the Port Moresby-Cairns route. A second international route could potentially be launched in 2017.
If you would like to have a look at the indepth report on PNG Air click here.