Kevin Gill, CCO of Townsville Airport presents Sir Frederick Reiher, Chairman of Air Niugini with a painting on the arrival of the airline’s inaugural flight from Port Moresby on 31 March. The airline will operate a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service on the 1,091-kilometre link between the two airports, with the link facing no direct competition.
- Air Niugini this week expanded its international network by launching a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service between Port Moresby (POM) and Townsville (TSV) in Australia. The 1,091-kilometre sector will normally be flown using the carrier’s Fokker 70s, however the first two services on 31 March and 3 April were operated by the airline’s 737s. No other carrier links the two airports with non-stop flights. “Locals will no longer need to travel backward (via Brisbane) to go forward – slashing travel time and the expense of having to travel further domestically to access international destinations,” said Kevin Gill, CCO Townsville Airport at the launch. “The new services with Air Niugini will offer Townsville locals direct connections to Manila via Port Moresby. Air Niugini will also provide Townsville a ‘one-stop to Asia’ connection to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and beyond,” Gill added. This is Air Niugini’s fourth destination in Australia after Brisbane, Cairns and Sydney. According to OAG data the airline currently operates a scheduled network of around 50 routes. Apart from domestic routes and those to Australia the carrier also serves destinations in Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines and Singapore. Its fleet comprises 12 Fokker 70/100s, three 737-700/800s and two 767-300s. Vote for Townsville Airport’s cake in this week’s Cake of the Week Public Vote.