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Update 24/08/2016 : As an update to the article below Air Niugini has announced that Air Niugini will increase its flights between Port Moresby and Cairns to meet the market demand and seat capacity once Qantas pulls out services on this route at the end of October.
Air Tribune reports that Air Niugini CEO has indicated that the national carrier will increase its frequency and seat capacity by over 50 percent by increasing the use of Fokker 100 and F70 jets on this route.
Aviationtribune.com has reported that as of 30 October 2016, Qantas will no longer fly the Cairns-Port Moresby route but shift to Brisbane-Port Moresby. The site reports that this course of action comes as result of Qantas wanting to better serve the business market.
The Brisbane-Port Moresby route will operate daily.
Qantas announced last month that due to high demand for flights to Bali, it would be reducing its domestic routes, particularly in regional areas.
Qantas and Air Niugini have agreed to continue codesharing across all Australia-PNG routes.
The news is good news for Air Niugini as it will now be the only operator maintaining direct flights between Cairns and PNG. Air PNG no longer operates on this route.
The only concern some have raised on Qantas abandoning this route is whether fares for this route may rise.
We will have to wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, it can be confirmed on the Qantas website that it has no flights after 29 October 2016.
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