22 Mar 2005

Domestic flights in Papua New Guinea grounded by shortage of quality fuel

10:12 am on 22 March 2005

A stop put on a shipment of jet fuel of questionable quality has grounded domestic flights in Papua New Guinea.

Air Niugini had to cancel internal flights yesterday after chopping seven flights on Sunday, when it was informed by petroleum retailers, of the need to withhold the fuel while it was tested for possible contamination.

The airline's corporate affairs manager, Eva Arni, says the fuel shortage is completely out of the carrier's control and is unable to say how long it'll last.

The airline says it's still awaiting further information from the fuel distributors, who it says haven't found the cause of the fuel contamination.

The airline cancelled most domestic flights yesterday and the flight to Honiara in Solomon Islands was put off.