Air Niugini increases domestic frequencies

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Papua New Guinea's national carrier Air Niugini has announced changes to its international and domestic schedules.

The airline has made the amendments to its international schedule to allow for the increase in frequencies and capacity from the high demand domestic routes, the airline said in a statement.

The domestic schedule will see a capacity increase on the carrier's Port Moresby-Lae route with five daily flights on weekdays and four daily services on weekends.

The same schedule indicated an increase in the airline's Mount Hagen flights to four daily on weekdays and three during the weekend.

Air Niugini will combine its Kiunga and Tabubil service on Mondays and Tuesdays and will operate its Wednesday service from Tabubil to Mount Hagen via Kiunga, the carrier said.

In addition, the airline reinstated its Port Moresby-Rabaul-Kavieng service.

It is replacing its Port Moresby-Madang-Manus flight on Sundays and its Manus-Madang-Port Moresby service on Wednesdays, with Port Moresby-Rabaul-Manus services on Tuesdays and Manus-Rabaul-Port Moresby flights on Thursdays.

Additionally, the airline's current Q400 services to Goroka, Gurney and Hoskins will be operated on the Dash8 300 series aircraft.

Air Niugini has also reinstated its freighter service in the revised schedule.

In its international schedule, the carrier will combine its current separate Sunday flights to Brisbane and Sydney, which will depart at 13:30, while the return flight on Mondays will be operated directly from Sydney.

Brisbane will be serviced as per the current schedule, while the Thursday afternoon flights to Brisbane will be retimed to depart at 15:30 to allow Australian domestic connections, the airline added.

The F100 service to Brisbane on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays have been withdrawn, while the airline's services to Cairns on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays will be operated on the Q400.

Air Niugini will also operate its Cairns overnight flights on Fridays and Sundays on the Q400 aircraft.