June 15, 2017

Air Niugini has opened up a one stop connection from Townsville to Hong Kong through a retimed service to Port Moresby effective from 29 May.

Air Niugini’s service will now operate earlier, departing Townsville on Mondays at 1210 and arriving in Port Moresby at 1400, allowing passengers to catch a connecting flight to Hong Kong at 1500. Inbound flights arrive in Townsville on Fridays.

The airline has launched a sale fare to promote the service, with return fares from $829 in low season and $1,200 in high season.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer Simon Foo said the airline would continue to offer competitive fares and packages plus a superb inflight service to residents of North Queensland for travel beyond Port Moresby.

“Air Niugini operates to 14 exciting international destinations in Asia, Australia and the Pacific from our hub in Port Moresby. This will enable North Queensland residents to travel to Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Bali and Japan,” he said.

“We also operate to Solomon Islands, Fiji, Federated States Of Micronesia and Vanuatu in the Pacific.

“We are looking at a direct service to Shanghai, China towards the end of this year, something the business community in North Queensland and tourists may be keen to take advantage of.”

Townsville Airport Chief Operating Officer Kevin Gill welcomed the retiming of the established Port Moresby service.

“The retiming of the Port Moresby route means Townsville will have a convenient, one stop service to Hong Kong, complementing Air Niugini’s established connections to Asia,” he said.

“It also expands our reach in marketing Townsville to Asia.

“As the gateway to north Queensland, we are always looking at ways to expand our footprint internationally, so we are very pleased to be able to do so through the rescheduling of this service.”

The Townsville – Port Moresby service was established in March this year and represents the addition of 17,000 seats between the two destinations each year.