Air Niugini increases routes across wider Pacific

3:08 pm on 29 February 2016

Papua New Guinea's national carrier Air Niugini has announced test charters to the Federated States of Micronesia.

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Photo: Koro Vaka'uta / RNZ

This comes as the airline looks to grow the list of destinations it services in the wider Pacific region.

The Post Courier reports the chairman of Air Niugini, Sir Frederick Reiher as saying test charters to FSM - Ponape and Truuk - would commence in September.

He made the announcement while confirming that new flights to Vanuatu's capital Port Vila via the Solomon Islands capital Honiara began without problems last week.

Sir Frederick also announced that a second weekly flight to Tokyo would begin in July.

Furthermore, a new flight from Mt Hagen to Jayapura in neighbouring Indonesia is expected by mid-year, subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority approval.

Air Niugini currently serves international ports in Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Honiara, Port Vila, Nadi, Bali, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and Tokyo.